[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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