Thursday, July 21, 2005

Government's "Civil Defense Dilemma"

Just a follow-up to yesterday's post: it seems there is a kind of basic contradiction at the heart of most government sponsored civil defense efforts. Such programs are necessary because, when push comes to shove, government resources alone are not sufficient to provide security in severe crises, so citizens are prepared to take over important government functions during those crises. Everything depends on making the standing government resources unnecessary, under certain very limited circumstances. Governments are reluctant to delegate authority, of course. To tell people that they can get along more or less by themselves, precisely at the moment where things are at their worst, might give folks ideas of a distinctly anarchist sort.

If we can get along without formal government after the bombs fall, just exactly why do we need it right now?

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