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What If

October 10, 2008 - Paul Giannamore

A friend put forth the proposition that America went under far more wrenching economic contractions after the Civil War than what we're going through now, and it survived.

My thought is this: America, circa the 1870s, was a much less urban society than we have today. Electricity, telephones and the automobile hadn't become mainstays for another 40 or so years, give or take.

What happens now? I don't raise cows in my neighborhood, nor do any of my neighbors. If I can't buy gasoline, I'm riding my Jeep -- it's a Jeep bicycle -- to work, not a horse and buggy. And I doubt PJ the Chiweenie can tow Enrico the Cruiser.

Will neighbor help neighbor, or will neighbor shoot neighbor and take his canned goods?

An interesting conundrum, eh?


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