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Daily Archives: May 10, 2012

Thinking about: Locking up resources

Well, not thinking terribly hard, because someone else has done a great job on it already. Dan Kervick’s tale of Citadella nicely describes where the world is today. And though it seems to be starting out as another anti-capitalist screed (and may well be intended to be so), nevertheless it can easily be read as a rightful slam on ANY group that locks up resources for its own benefit, denying them – through force or threats of force – to others.

The thing is, while Mr. Kervick describes the walls of “Citadella” as impregnable, in real life there is no such thing. So, in real life, it’s only a matter of time before the foraging class decides that it’s time to break the tumbrils out of storage again – at which point the leisure class will find that its monopoly on force is not such a monopoly after all.

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