[FoRK] The Decline of Empires..
Ian Andrew Bell (FoRK)
fork at ianbell.com
Mon Jan 3 11:25:18 PST 2005
Really? Ask a wealthy Bush voter why they voted him in -- it's almost
certainly not for his philanthropy. I asked a few and they ALL said
that poorly-funded schools and civic infrastructure largely do not
affect them, so why should they vote in favour of those sorts of
Politicians are not unique in their short-sightedness. Voters are
particularly self-interested, short-term thinkers these days.
Especially Upper-Middle Class.
On 3-Jan-05, at 11:17 AM, James Tauber wrote:
> 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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