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To: snarks_when_bored
The civilized veneers are much thinner on some than on others.

Exactly. Many, if not most, in this country would remain civilized even under the most extreme circumstances, because those are the values they live by. The problem, even in a fully-operating civilized society, has always been how to contain those who are uncivilized. All that Katrina did to NO was remove that threat for a while.

I think a better analogy than the "thin veneer" would be one where civilized society is holding a tiger on a leash. We're OK as long as the leash doesn't break.
40 posted on 09/16/2005 10:04:23 AM PDT by fr_freak
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To: fr_freak
holding a tiger on a leash

Yes, and the tiger isn't particular to any class.

41 posted on 09/16/2005 10:10:48 AM PDT by cornelis
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To: fr_freak; snarks_when_bored

>>Many, if not most, in this country would remain civilized even under the most extreme circumstances, because those are the values they live by.

As a great example of that, in the last few days I saw some footage from the wake of the 1989 San Francisco earthquake. I noted a group of 6-8 civilian volunteers in street clothes deploying a large firehose to a large building that had caught fire in the wake of the quake.

Contrasted with the looters we'd seen from NOLA, it was a striking image.


49 posted on 09/16/2005 2:16:23 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Guns themselves are fairly robust; their chief enemies are rust and politicians) (NRA)
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