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Sunday, February 28, 2010

What Will The Next Civil War Look Like?

I am not predicting anything. I've just been contemplating.

I recently read that one reason for the United States Civil War (War Between the States - War of Northern Aggression - whatever you choose to call it) was that the economic climate was changing from agrarian to industrial.

I'll buy that.  Slavery was a major part of the South's agrarian society, and the advent of the cotton gin did not reduce the need for workers, it increased it.

There was this struggle in that although industrialism was the wave of the future, agriculture would not disappear, nor could it.  The question was, "Could they work together?"

The answer was not immediately disclosed.  Twenty years, or so, into the debate "A Great Civil War" began.

Yes, I know there was much more to it.  There were banking issues, political issues, national vs. local governmental issues, and much more...just like today in America.

So, here is my pondering. I assume some type of struggle will occur in the transition (and may have already started with the raid on education, banking, and industry bailouts).

If we are moving from an Industrial Age to an Information Age (a new economy) and we are having banking, political, federal, and many more issues, what version of a Civil War will we be seeing?

How will this war be fought - with information control? (Industrialism brought advancements in weaponry)

Who will fight this war - the information/data magnets?

How will a winner be determined - what "property" will be garnished?

If the distribution of information is a bastion of democracy (I think it is) how will democracy be defined in the years after the war?

Sadly, government has taken over the agricultural economy (being from the Midwest, I watched it happen). 
We are beginning to see industry being taken over by the government now.

Will the government also take over information? 

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