[FoRK] The Decline of Empires..

James Tauber jtauber at jtauber.com
Mon Jan 3 12:43:59 PST 2005

I don't believe having more people in the commons helps the commons.


On 4/1/05 3:25 AM, "Ian Andrew Bell   (FoRK)" <fork at ianbell.com> wrote:

> 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
> things?
> Politicians are not unique in their short-sightedness.  Voters are
> particularly self-interested, short-term thinkers these days.
> Especially Upper-Middle Class.
> -Ian.
> 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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