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You might as well have been describing Southern California, or even the San Francisco Bay Area. Obviously we face different geological and climatological problems, but the underlying factor - vulnerability to a warming climate that exacerbates existing threats (earthquakes here, a rising Thames there) - is basically the same. And the human geography you describe fits California very well.

For CA I'd rewrite your penultimate paragraph:

"Government in California has become more about the illusion of responsiveness to problems matched by the increasing abdication of general responsibility for the well-being of the state. The situation in the state has been allowed to spiral out of control to the extent that it is almost beyond saving. Yet, no doubt, all will claim they never saw it coming yet the warning signs have been there for decades."

The Anglo disease, it seems, isn't just about wealth capture through financialization - it's also about the destruction of the public sector's willingness and ability to respond to these looming crises.

Now that you mention it, rural Bulgaria doesn't sound so bad...

And the world will live as one

by Montereyan (robert at calitics dot com) on Tue Oct 30th, 2007 at 07:26:24 PM EST

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