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Nov. 3rd, 2004 | 12:33 pm

There are many thoughts that I've had about this election--few of them good.

One of the first, was the translation of Bin Laden's last tape. In it he claim that his goal was to bankrupt the united states. Considering the militant Islamic movement managed to pull that off in Afghanistan against the Soviet Union, it seems likely he'd be able to do it again. Especially since Bush seems currently hell-bent on bankrupting the US on his own.

I remember from "the collapse of complex societies" that one of the preconditions for collapse in the authors model was that the society passed the point where increased complexity was yielding efficiency gains and was into the point where increases were actually hindering their economy. If society's method of responding to challenges was to increase complexity without adapting to the changes they were facing, they were likely to collapse.

The US is utterly dependent on cheap Oil to keep our society functioning, it is likely that we invaded Iraq to maintain our status quo. Yet as the war drags on and our coffers deplete we will have less and less money available to respond to global warming, our trade deficit, or the federal deficit.

At some point the institutions will run out of money and legitimacy and fall.

The fundamentalist ideology is probably looking forward to it as a way of cleaning the slate of all the unpleasant traces of secularism and are looking forward to rebuilding society in their theocratic vision.

If this analysis is correct it would behoove the left to be able to roll out our own institutions if the government becomes unable to continue to provide services.

I wonder what'll be like to live in a country without a functional federal government.

Oh yeah, one other thing this election reminded me of was babylon 5. At the very end as war becomes inevitable, one of the character remarks that "at some level, people like to see things go boom", as some explanation on why people were so pro-war.

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Religious Ferver

from: dilinger
date: Nov. 4th, 2004 10:35 am (UTC)

I think in this case it was more the issue of Gay Marriage. From the exit polls accross the country 22% claim Gay Marriage and Family Values as their number one reason for voting for bush.


Legally Marry (25%) 22% 77% 1%

Civil Unions (35%) 52% 47% 0%

No Legal Recognition (37%) 70% 29% 0%

Given this 72% of those reporting don't want Legally Married same sex couples. I think this was a religous outcome personally swayed most of the the outcome. I think the ploy of getting the senators to vote on the same sex marraige issues a few months before the election was key to swaying and motivating people to get out and vote. Where this isn't a big issue for Dems, it was for the Republicans.

The only thing I can console myself in being in the majority is copernicus.


Anywho, lets hope the Dems or another group have the power to withstand the next 4 years.

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