Friday, March 20, 2009

Comments on Belmont Club
"It's a small world"

We are facing possibly 20 million or more unemployed in America if the bottom drops out. It might be a good idea for the nation’s mayors to plan for harnessing armies of the unemployed as laborers on urban farms. I could see large sections of the NYC parks system being put into “Victory Farm” production.

If Congress rams through this ex post facto bill of attainder on taxes I expect that every Director of a financial firm and 50% of other corporate directors will retire on the spot and move to the country. NYC and SF are instantly out of business, the economy contracts by 20% and those mobs you will see of 20 to 40 year old people huddled in the rain fearing the other urban mob that is no longer interested in solidarity will be wondering when their mommies will come to feed them.

buddy larsen,
what if to the new admin your dystopia is a feature, not a bug?

That could be true. In George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-four Goldstein's book The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism lays out the intent as a matter of policy to have constantly declining living standards. Obama and company may be frozen adolescents who read that when they were 17 and thought it sounded cool and never grew up.

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