Re: SOCIETY: The privatization of public security in South America?

From: Carlos Gonzalia (
Date: Fri Aug 17 2001 - 08:00:38 MDT

>From: Spike Jones <>
>Carlos, I fail to see the problem. If one has money, one is at risk of
>being kidnaped. Therefor, if one can afford a bulletproof car and the
>other technologies, why would one *not* buy such things? Under these
>circs, if one does not take all available precautions, one is partly
>responsible for ones own fate. What they really need is some means
>of firing back at those doing the shooting, not just bulletproof cars. spike
And I very much agree with all you say. The problem is not one of
availability of security techs to the upper classes, which is clearly
beneficial in many ways. The problem is that, under the mentioned
circumstances, the upper classes can give up on public security and
take refuge on their ability to purchase all this security techs and
services, while most of the middle classes and all the lower classes
get stuck with a public security that in many cases is as bad as the
criminals themselves. The upper classes can therefore afford a kind
of safety the rest of us can't. This creates yet another perceived
gap between the few that have benefited in the last 20 years and the
rest of the population. In a social context in which such gaps are
already horrid, IMHO it is very unwise to add yet another new kind
of it to the mix.


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