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  •  Good point. The wealthy control government (20+ / 0-)

    which means they control the police forces of America. All they have to do is turn their attention (more so) to demanding the mission of those police forces be more "personal protection" and crowd control (crowd 'shock & awe'). We're seeing it already.

    If that doesn't work, they'll build their walls higher and pay for personal ex-military body guards.

    And, yeah, pay for elaborate self protection devices that will allow them to do things like torch people that get too close to their cars.

    My fellow serfs, we are about to enter the modern equivalent of the Dark Ages - the Hot Ages, and things are going to get real ugly. The wealthy are not going to give up their wealth and power easily in such times. At least not most.

    And the odd thing? Their money is just an illusion. If no one worked for them, if no one built their mansions and yachts, all they could do with their money is use it to sleep under, burn it to keep warm, or stare at the pretty numbers on a computer screen, that is, if they can get one to work.

    Physics is bulls**t. Don't let them fool you. Fire IS magic.
    (Facts brought to you by the Party of the Future - the GOP)

    by Pescadero Bill on Sat May 11, 2013 at 09:10:23 AM PDT

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    •  or just hire their own security nt (1+ / 0-)
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      "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

      by eXtina on Sat May 11, 2013 at 09:36:29 AM PDT

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    •  Well let's remember that (3+ / 0-)
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      those police officers are part of us, that if the wealth disparity continues to grow, they and their families will also be hurt more and more.  It's not like they are paid like princes and often their budgets are the first axed.  

      •  as PescBill said they will hire mercs (4+ / 0-)

        As long as they pay the mercs real well and keep them and their families in relative luxury they will be protected.
        Trouble is that their resources relative to the ever increasing security need, may fall short and then the mercs are just as likely to try to get their share with force.

        The Republican model for America is China. One party, corporations are one with the party and the workers are cogs.

        by vet24 on Sat May 11, 2013 at 11:47:38 AM PDT

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        •  Like the Roman Empire... eventually Mercs rule... (4+ / 0-)

          The praetorian guard eventually went from just protecting the Emperor to choosing WHO would be the emperor... and that was mainly so that they would keep all their perks as effective co-rulers... I hope we are not actually headed in that direction... the Praetorian guard chose some really bad emperors... but also of course overthrew some bad ones too...

          Who knows what interim evolutionary political steps would be needed for the US to go to special presidents appointed by the Secret Service... or something similar...

          but having corporate owned Congress, local government and corporations as people and money = speech we are well on the way to something like that someday...

          Pogo & Murphy's Law, every time. Also "Trust but verify" - St. Ronnie (hah...)

          by IreGyre on Sat May 11, 2013 at 01:27:47 PM PDT

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        •  Funny thing with mercenaries, though (1+ / 0-)
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          Is they can be bought off by the highest bidder.

          All one needs to do is look at the history of the mafias in the US. All it was, really, was a bunch of rich people trying to stay rich. Eventually, they start fighting each other over their perceived territories, at which point they start trying paying one another's bodyguards to take each other out.  If the wealthy think hedge fund-based money laundering is any different, in the big picture, from restaurant-based money laundering, they're in for a big surprise.

          They're heading down the road toward living in a constant nightmare of lives under threat, and they can't even read the signs.

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