Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Story Time

So Our Hero read a (fiction) story that kind of freaked him out today.  You can check it out here.

Of course, this could never happen in the good ol' US of A, right?

It's an ugly scenario-a cynical, possibly rogue .gov agency relieving population pressure on shattered cities through the mechanism of faux evacuation into massacres.  And I thought to myself "Damn, the worst part is that most nice,  sensible suburban preppers would fall right into that trap."

All it takes is one enviro-nazi malthusian jackoff in a position of power within the DHS or TSA structure and a couple feathers off a black swan, brother, and there we are.  Politics as amoral pragmatism-and from a certain perspective, genocide is the most pragmatic measure of all.

God help us all.  Go read the story.


  1. I read it, and while I see the moral of the cautionary tale... I don't know, I'm having a hard time buying it. Mostly because I simply can't see the government working with anything near this level of efficiency.

    Also, I don't quite see what it profits the government. Okay, so you're relieving population pressure in the wake of disaster, got that... but by killing those who showed compliance to gov't directives and who had the wherewithal to actually help turn things around.

    Again, I get the whole "The nanny state wants you either in their thrall, or dead" aesop. I just don't see the profit in that scenario. Why not just cordon off the city and firebomb the shit out of it? Fewer logistics, easier to implement, get everyone all at once.

  2. Deniability. You think the camps in Germany would have been public knowledge if they had won the war? It's just easier if everyone gets on the train for you, rather than trying to find them.

  3. Erin,

    Governments have always been efficient when it comes to killing their own citizens. What part of the Holocaust, the Holodomor, Mao's answer to overpopulation, Pol Pot and the other examples didn't you understand? Governments aren't efficient at the things they should be efficient at, but always excel when it comes to killing and oppression. And they certainly don't need what you or I might consider a good reason for doing so. Kinda like why a dog licks his - well, you get the idea.

    I am old enough to remember when a few high schools still taught real history, instead of the unicorn poop they put out these days. One of my history teachers told us of his experience in the South Pacific, when he was on an island along with several thousand Japanese POWs. Food was short, and the POWs were offered a choice - starve or march off a cliff. He said almost all of them marched. (That was WWII, for those of you interested in ancient history.)

  4. 404 link.

    Is this a direct to the story?