What “Report from Iron Mountain” missed. “Report from Iron Mountain on the Accessibility and Desirability of Peace” was long-rumored to have been a parody of “think-tank” style contingency planning prevalent during the Cold War and during Vietnam, as well.
Alhough controversial at the time, the core idea of the book was that using capitalism, humans could be so productive and so doggone creative that we would literally keep producing ourselves into boom-bust cycles forever.
These, it was postulated would threaten government, but there were only so many things that could be done to keep the masses under control. National healthcare, an alien invastion, and so forth.
But that was before the Internet which – as we shall explore in in more detail – has changed the social control options available to leaders; both good and bad.
After a bit more coffee, headlines, and our charts. Which, by the way, may be trying to suggest Crashgiving in November this year.