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originally posted by: jjkenobi
No, increase it.
At least to the point where we pay our military living wages. And we take care of them after their service.
If you want to cut from the budget there's a million other places. Starting with anyone on govt assistance over 2 years that isn't disabled. And not a penny goes to non-citizens in our country illegally.
originally posted by: Mach2
originally posted by: inthewinterdark
This would collapse the entire global economy. That however, is going to happen anyway and the sooner it does the slightly less the inevitable pain. Then we can get on with the transition from a fragile civilization with increasing points of catastrophic failure to building a more robust world defined with meaning and purpose.
'The Transition - Neurohacker'
While I beleive your vision of a "brave new world" is an admirable goal, and one that, hopefully, will come to fruition, we are centuries away from anything like that. I would posit that we are more divided than ever, and the barriers, such as religious intolerance, economic disparity, and radical differences in basic philosophy are not going away any time soon.
I also have to wonder why you beleive economic collapse would lead to this utopia. If history is any indication, and I beleive it is, economic collapse generally leads to anarchy, and evil despot leaders. Quite the opposite of what you are implying.
I guess I just can't see the specific mechanics behind the path. Maybe you can enlighten me with a more detailed cause and effect timeline?