Re: Y2K: Am I paranoid?

Randall Randall (
Wed, 10 Feb 1999 14:50:48 -0500

It's been rumored that on Wed, 10 Feb 1999, Eliezer S. Yudkowsky wrote:
>Why would the military go along with it?

Because they're told it's their duty, and the first coupla people to refuse get court-martialed?

>These aren't conscripted 16-year-old kids waving firearms around,
>prevented from running by an elite guard. These are highly educated,
>electronics-savvy, *volunteer* forces who know what the Constitution is.

I've got bad news for you. As a former member of those "highly-educated" forces, let me point out that if fed the right lines, the army would most certainly do this. :( BTW, what makes you think that conscripted soldiers are *more* likely to do this to their homes?

>Furthermore, they aren't personally loyal to the Commander-In-Chief.
>Generally speaking, the military hates Clinton's draft-dodging guts.

But they aren't going to be personally asked by Clinton. If this was to happen, it would be chain-of-command, all the way down.

>If Clinton tried to take over the country in a military coup, the
>military would just laugh at him. If the higher-level officers went
>along with it, the lower-level officers would frag them.

You have no idea how strong the "follow orders" meme is in the armed forces...

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