Friday, November 28, 2008

An American Solution

The American public had by turns ignored and ridiculed it's Cassandras; city planners, ecologists, demographers, sociologists, immigrants, who had all warned against our increasing tendency to crowd into our cities.  Social stress, failure of essential services and warfare were only a few of the specters we had granted a passing glance.  We had always found some solution to our problems though; often at the last moment.  Firmly anchored in most Americans was the tacit certainty that, even to the problem of nuclear war against population centers, there must be a uniquely American solution: we would find it.

The solution was sudden death.  A hundred million Americans found it.

From Systemic Shock, chapter 19, by Dean Ing.
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