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  •  The 1% may believe they've sewn up survival but (20+ / 0-)

    it is as difficult for them to think outside the box as it is for the priestly-princely class of Maya.

    The appearance of hunger weakened belief in the royal caste's divinity to the point that great cities devolved into family-based loyalty clans (to simplify the phrasing).

    Likewise, the 1% has a terminal belief in the value of "money." But money, credit default swaps, derivatives, annuities, etc, only have value because the government says that money has value.

    Collapse of government or even devolution into constant conflict can make money worthless.  What becomes of value are survival skills:  gardening, farming, raising livestock, self-defense, community unity against marauders.

    The power of the 1% would likely vanish overnight. They'd be some of the most worthless people on earth if society begins to break apart.  For a limited period, their wealth may matter, but it wouldn't last even one generation after collapse. Useless money cannot guarantee loyalty or protection.

    Well, anyway, those are some idle thoughts of mine on the subject.

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Thu May 16, 2013 at 08:57:48 PM PDT

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    •  IOW, you can't eat diamonds (9+ / 0-)

      nor drink rubies.

      Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

      by Youffraita on Fri May 17, 2013 at 12:41:43 AM PDT

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    •  I've always thought . . . (0+ / 0-)

      That the future will be a huge mass of uneducated, ill-nourished, and unhealthy people, ruled over by an elite technocratic caste safely ensconced in secure, luxurious compounds.

      "[W]e shall see the reign of witches pass over . . . and the people, recovering their true spirit, restore their government to its true principles." Jefferson

      by RenMin on Fri May 17, 2013 at 10:38:46 AM PDT

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      •  With what will these compounds (1+ / 0-)
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        be supported? They will have to be like siege castles with their own water and food supplies, well-paid healthy servants and security, their own hospitals and drugs, everything they will need to survive a hellish siege against the starving masses outside the walls. Money will be worthless as will precious metals and stones--you can't eat or drink them, so the servants and small armies will have to be paid in food and water. Unless the rich have armored conveyance, they will not be able to leave their castles, assuming there will be anywhere to go. If a fortress's supplies fail, who will help them? Another fortess-owner? Any scenario is possible, even pleasant ones. Who has hope of that?

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