- Jun 6, 2008
@Virtual ghost Okay, that I can agree with. As I understand it: "rugged individualism" really took off as a popular ideal during Reagan's administration, but it's really just Social Darwinism and it's not a fertile soil for security. Let alone en masse security. Unless you're super rich, but even then it's not enough to truly feel secure (it secures riches, but how secure can people really feel surrounded by a dystopia they help perpetuate).
As far as I understand this actually started with colonization of the west. While 1980s where simply the time when the clock started to run backwards in various cultural issues.
But yes, eventually the rich will fall as well in this dystopia, since their customers will be gone. What means that their businesses will be gone and even what they privately have will be kinda useless (especially if it is in digital form). Because if basic production of goods brakes they will have nothing to keep even their closest employees. Over the history this is the dead end a number of countries/elites have hit, since it is the common people that make them both powerful in practice. Therefore when the society completely brakes down the rich will go with it. Even if the people don't decide to go after the elite as some sort of revenge. Of course US is built on the premise that there will never be some radical and swift changes at home but that isn't how reality works if you cross a few red lines of human nature.