Monday, August 25, 2014

How Many Men Would Have to Withdraw Before Society Collapsed?

How many men would have to withdraw from society before it collapsed? If certain men withdrew - or better yet, died, say politicians - society would get better.

As best as I can tell, all it would take is for the men who run our power and water to not go to work, and society would come to a screeching halt. How many is that? One out of 100? One out of a thousand? One out of a 100,000?

If cops or fireman or doctors didn't go to work, some ways society would get better and in some ways worse, but it would not collapse. But with no water or power society would be close to collapsing in an hour.

When I was a newspaper editor I interviewed a man who was the head of a state-of-the-art waste treatment plant. I think perhaps ten guys worked there. Imagine if they didn't go to work and that facility didn't process all the sewage. My God, it would be a horror. Chaos and horror.

If you think about it, it is amazing how fragile society is.


Andy said...

Let it burn.

Anders said...

Civilization is essentially based on the honor system. It only takes one person who is only in it to get theirs to fuck it up for everyone else. Even if the water and electricity keep flowing, the collapse is still coming.

Anonymous said...

I have withdrawn. I was clearly unwanted. More will take my path. Yes, it will burn someday. And good riddance to it.

Robert What? said...

I am not one of those guys on the front lines, so to speak. Maybe I'll flatter myself and say I am in the supply lines. I am a heavily taxed producer (own small business with eight people). What will happen as more and more of us start to realize that being a productive citizen these days is a suckers bet? Who is going to fund their socialist utopia?

Anonymous said...

It's sort of collapsing now.