[FoRK] The Decline of Empires..

James Tauber jtauber at jtauber.com
Mon Jan 3 11:17:45 PST 2005

I was a fan of Diamond but he's lost me with this...

> when I drive by gated communities,
> guarded by private security patrols, and filled with people who drink
> bottled water, depend on private pensions, and send their children to
> private schools. By doing these things, they lose the motivation to
> support the police force, the municipal water supply, Social Security
> and public schools. If conditions deteriorate too much for poorer
> people, gates will not keep the rioters out.


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