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Basement Nukes: Consequences of Cheap Weapons of Mass Destruction by Erwin S. "Filthy Pierre" Strauss|
|Basement Nukes the Consequences of Cheap Weapons of Mass Destruction |
by Strauss, Edwin S.
PAPERBACK Publisher: Loompanics Unlimited ISBN: 0915179091 prices (used) $150 to $375, either 1979 or 1984 edition.
The thesis is simple: your government cannot protect you. The major premise is that anyone can -- and many people want to -- make cheap weapons to use against population centers. The minor premise is that nation-states exist to protect their citizens. The conclusion is that the nation-state is history.
The "consequence" is that just as the cannon doomed the castle and created the nation-state, so, now will cheap weapons of mass destruction create a thinly-dispersed population of locally-controlled communities. We are already seeing this in gated communities, especially those for retirees and seniors, but also, of course, for the wealthy.
My personal summary is this:
Yes, we still have hunter-gatherers. Yes, we have millions (billions!) of farmers. Yes, some people still live in castles. Nonetheless, how the significant population lives changes over time. People will still live in cities "protected" by nation-states. They will be poorer than those who do not. They will live under draconian dictatorships. History will move on around them.
For a cogent, though passing, reference from a friend of the author, click on
The forever war by Doug Casey
Posted: October 24, 2002 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2002 WorldNetDaily.com
Read Erwin Strauss's biography in Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Erwin S. Strauss is an American author and filk musician, was born in Washington, D.C., USA. He frequently goes by the nickname "Filthy Pierre."