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It is the late 21st century and the IMaGE logo is ubiquitous. The IMaGE conglomerate is the international holding company, a corporate collective if you will, that serves the planet with their information, technology and foodservice platform. The name and the image are universally recognized, few now alive who can recall the origins of the amalgam which formed the title.

 

When the old and inadequate financial system collapsed a global panic ensued. Economic and geopolitical meltdown spiralled out of control leaving chaos to reign in place of the, albeit unstable, order that had preceded. Socio-Political theorists for decades leading up to the collapse had been constructing and expounding upon an evolved social order, a new age of enlightened rule installed upon a globalist platform.  These minds had over time infiltrated and gained control over certain key segments of society. They succeeded through governments, multi-national corporations and other institutions in making theirs the dominant school of thought, laying the foundations for the new order to come.  It took a very long time to place the bricks of their edifice, but over time the pace of their project accelerated. The great unwashed, those not part of the great plan, were lulled into a docile state of ignorance and apathy where they would ultimately be convinced of the beneficence of a world corporate state.

 

Their following grew, inhabiting education, entertainment, information, finance and governments alike.  Those within each of these sectors had plotted their designs, partnering with one another where it benefited their ultimate aim. Each had their "angle" where the global construct would be to their own advantage.  Whether in "free" societies or in more autocratic states, teaming up with governments were key to their success.  Governments could either directly impose their will or provide law and lend legitimacy to the cause, depending upon the nature of each. In either case the results were essentially the same.  These arrangements had always functioned on the principle of reciprocal benefit.  What many did not count on, though, was  the fact that after collapse hastened a full implementation of this system their services were no longer needed. They had become expendable.

 

To restore order to society bold and sweeping reforms of the institutions were needed. There was no time, and in large measure no longer sufficient capacity for reasoning, to question the long term consequences of this action.  Crises call for bold action. This was accepted, the changes preferable to the alternative, the reality of the time.  The first step was to restore financial stability.

 

The corporate world leading up to the crisis had for the most part consolidated into only a few "mega" corporations. Mergers forming entities that were larger in size and scope than most of the nation states of the time. These monoliths transcended the definition of "the state", providing the most logical platform for the establishment of unified, global rule. As the only remaining institutions solvent enough to exercise authority over anything larger than a municipal or county entity they could act on a macro scale and be embraced as saviors.  A global medium of exchange, a new world currency, was established. All "money" was digitized, a process which had in fact already been well underway in many economies.  There had previously been an international financial market, but fractured into inconstant and often unstable currency exchanges. Most of the planet were blissfully unaware that the coins and bills they held in their hands were of no intrinsic value even before the collapse. Like the sacraments rendered by the priesthood of ancient orders these were only articles of faith. Real wealth resides in control.

 

With this first critical step secured the former banking institution was vaporized. It simply didn't exist any more: it was no longer necessary.  And the "people" celebrated their demise, believing that the former had not only failed, but had in effect dispossessed them. In the more remote reaches of the world peoples contented themselves to work within the constraints of their own physical resources, reverting to simple bartering. In the more ordered parts of societies, where peoples had become helplessly dependent on an urban social structure, the new order was the only alternative for most. It was seen as a salvation from anarchy.

 

The mega corporations had stemmed the chaos, provided the first glimmer of hope in restoring stability to society.  People were made financially "whole" again, their accounts replenished with an accepted medium of exchange. Their "money" was back in the bank, though they did not truly comprehend where or what this new bank was. In control of the world's currency and their own transportation and distribution network in place they had positioned themselves to further be the provider of essential goods, keeping the shelves stocked. Where additional capacity was needed to serve a particular region they simply bought other external assets.

 

The giants of information, technology, energy, communications and food were all swimming in the same pool. Trying to map out how things would move forward it was determined that other institutions had outlived their usefulness. The true globalist agenda could now be realized with little or no opposition. And the true beauty of this was that the masses had been conditioned and were in circumstances that the corporations would enjoy their support. There were, as there always will be of course, those voices to "cry out in the wilderness". They could mostly be ignored, but wherever these might become problematic they were easily marginalized or, if need be, silenced.

 

The scheming opportunists who had inhabited governments were no longer vital. Their services held a value in a world where they were nominally in possession of control, but it became clear that this was no longer the case. They no longer had anything to sell. They had become expendable. The people no longer needed them. Like the bankers they had failed the people. The politicians owned a sizable share of blame for the mess they were all in. Borders fell, states dissolved.

 

With the fall of states many of their functions were left to be filled, prime among these being education.  The education provided by these institutions had long been failing the needs of the corporations anyway. More and more they had moved to automation. State education had failed to deliver an adequately prepared or trained labor force to fill their needs. In the western democracies governments had further compounded this ill by mandating a wide array of environmental regulations, labor rules and the provision of health insurance benefits over and above the wages. To pour salt in the wound these demanded ever more taxes upon their productivity, ostensibly in part to pay for and improve education.  The corporations determined that it would be much better for them to provide the education. It was an investment. The education system could be tailored to turn out a labor force with skills they needed. No more useless degrees in transgendered studies or sixth century Mongolian poetry. Let them pursue those interests on their own time.  Though near useless to start with, the education system, like banking and government, had become expendable.

 

The communications,entertainment and information fields were already squarely within their camp. The timing was right, they were perfectly positioned. The world was their oyster. With all other obstacles removed  things would now work the way they were meant to.  All of the academics who had unwittingly been accessories to their ascent were not entirely mistaken in their Utopian ideals. They had only been mistaken in the proper means of achieving it. The corporations would now prove that creating a Utopia, as with anything else, was better left in the hands of the private sector. They would achieve what governments could not.

 

For some years upheaval would remain the order of the day in many parts of the globe. Too many factions and too much surplus arms to prevent all of it. The corporations did not make the mistake of governments in trying to insert themselves as either backing one faction over another, or to act as peacemaker.  It was better to let them fight it out and kill each other off. History had shown that this would be the ultimate result anyway. And beside that these were in most instances still paying customers contributing to their coffers. This way they could not lose.

 

With time they further firmed the ground beneath their feet. Life in much of the "civilized" world had returned to normal. It was a new normal, for good or ill, but was accepted not for it's merits one way or the other. It was stability. It permitted a population that had grown accustomed to gratification and ease to continue residing within their comfort zone. In the previous order governments had learned that a reasonably contented populace were also an apathetic and incurious populace. Where these conditions exist a government can begin to do things under cover of darkness, escaping the scrutiny of their constituency. The problem with governments had been that the people in them were short sighted and self serving. A mentality of "take the money and run" had ruled their thinking. They had no concept of "the long game", as any wise capitalist will, wise being the key word. Corporations which had grown to such large proportions were not populated by fools.

 

A time arrived that consensus formed among the corporate giants. More mergers and buyouts proceeded, further consolidating their power and reach.  The one world government had in effect been achieved.  If sound business acumen had brought them to the current state of things then it was logical that the organization should be further streamlined, that this new world order be run as a well ordered and disciplined business. It was out of this that IMaGE was born. IMaGE was, prior to the corporate and planetary singularity:

Intel, MacDonalds, GoogleGE , thus IMaGE.

 

These were the giants, the survivors, who absorbed other giants in petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, transportation, anything and everything needed to sate the demands of the world market. There would be no more mergers, no more startups, nothing left to buy up. IMaGE was the corporate godhead, the one-world government/provider.  As mankind neared the dawn of the 22nd century they were just IMaGE, as they had been for as long as most could remember.  Any who had lived in the times of the forerunners were either too young at the time to remember, or they were under end-time care. Others had already been euthanized or expired on their own.  As the decades passed this was simply accepted as the state of things.

 

Those with the skills required for the operation of IMaGE and its various component parts were employed and well compensated in digital credits to chart their course in life. Others, those who were only capable of duplicating those tasks which were now performed by machines, were assigned to housing and subsisted on UBA, or the "Universal Basic Allocation". IMaGE was structured upon a balance sheet, a cost benefit analysis model.  The UBA was in part public relations, the presentation of a benign face to the world, but was in fact a calculation. Enough of those credits issued for the purpose recirculated into their economy to maintain a dynamic growth above the "investment". With the need for defense funds and other former government functions eliminated from the economic equation the model was set at a rate that would remain sustainable. IMaGE would have no ongoing obligation for entitlements. Those who did not contribute were sustained until their medical condition deteriorated to a point that the credits would be halted and their care entrusted to End Care Services.  When a resident of End Care reached an expenditure that placed their account into the negative they were simply euthanized.

 

End Care Services also had a means of extraneous funding by providing voluntary euthanization for a fee to those that desired.  Any citizen could walk in to any End Care clinic at any time and be provided the service with no questions asked. If, of course, they possessed enough credits in their account to pay the fee.

 

In more remote reaches there were still people living outside of the IMaGE network. They operated under barter and trade, in some cases devised their own local currency. As long as those choosing this lifestyle remained within their own distant reaches from civilization these practices were tolerated. As a practical matter most of these existed in places where the expenses associated with extending the full IMaGE platform  could not be cost justified.  Where individuals might attempt to subvert IMaGE within their zones of service this was a different matter. If caught these parties were seized and executed on sight.  Those found to be receiving goods or services from unauthorized providers would find their employment terminated, or if on UBA have their benefits either suspended or revoked entirely.

 

The new order was not perfect, as nothing ever is, but for the most part it operated fairly smoothly.  Some held at least the intuition that it was impersonal, inhuman, but by this time was generally accepted as a fair system.  Though some policies were grumbled about from time to time it was generally agreed that it was at least impartial. If anyone wanted for anything it was of their own doing.

 

Following is an account of this benign impartiality at work, as featured on information streams everywhere, to anyone paying attention:

 

.... Mr. Smith, aged 47, resident of the Cambridge Arms community in suburban Springfield, was charged in April with an attempt to defraud IMaGE food delivery services. The regional IMaGE review board issued their ruling on the case this morning.  Mr. Smith maintains that he placed an order for delivery of two large Big Mac meals with Coke and a six pack of beer from his home video screen. He claims that he had been painting and while cleaning up was unaware that his personal credit bar code had been smudged, causing the on screen scanner to read the code incorrectly.  After accepting delivery  for the meal and the beer at his residence the account read from the scanner was billed and discovered to be assigned to someone other than Mr. Smith. The actual account holder was contacted by IMaGE fraud protection services and acknowledged the notice, affirming that it was a fraudulent charge to his account. Mr. Smith was then charged with fraud and notified of the charge and a summons to appear before the regional review board. Mr. Smith says that he responded to his receipt of the charge and attempted to enter the correct account information to reconcile the bill, but was unable to submit without first selecting the guilty/not guilty option on the screen. Mr. Smith reasoned that to do so was to stipulate to the commission of the offense and confused as to what he should do simply submitted the acknowledgement blank.

The review board has ruled Mr. Smith guilty as charged and referred their finding to the employment board and the property titling agency. Mr. Smith was terminated from his job as a machinist and the title agency has placed a lien on his property.  Asked for comment Mr. Smith only stated his intent to appeal.....

 

Can you imagine what happens to Mr. Smith? Can you IMaGE-ine a future like this? No? Don't be so sure....

Comments

The Burghal Hidage Added Aug 9, 2017 - 12:40pm
No, I rather like Cardinal Fang :)
Leroy Added Aug 9, 2017 - 2:39pm
She likes checked shirts.
Phil Greenough Added Aug 9, 2017 - 3:26pm
That read like the makings of a blockbuster.  What gave you the vision for such a tall tale?  Who will play Mr. Smith? 
 
Actually, I think your vision was already told in the move WALL E, with Buy n Large serving the role of IMaGE.  Speaking of which, shouldn’t the acronym be IMaGG (Google, GE)?  If you wanted to keep IMaGE as the acronym I would think of an A and E corporation.  How about Apple and Exxon making the full string: Intel MacDonalds Apple Google Exxon. That way you don't need the lower case "a."  
The Burghal Hidage Added Aug 9, 2017 - 4:42pm
Hmmm....well Phil it might take a little tweaking. Another one I considered, but it didnt seem workable was:
Commercially Licensed United Socialist Transitional Energy Reclamation For Unionized Collective Kinesis, or CLUSTERFUCK for short....
 
I dont know. Just doesnt seem to roll off the tongue, does it?
 
opher goodwin Added Aug 9, 2017 - 7:03pm
Well the rise of the multinationals was a sure way to screw everyone by evading taxes and playing countries off against each other. That form of globalisation stinks.
But a global structure to curtail their activities and cut them off at the knees is a great idea.
George N Romey Added Aug 9, 2017 - 7:15pm
Great article!  But really scary a real possibility.  Governments and a few big corporations merge on a global scale. Have you watched Incorporated on the SiFi channel? Eerily the same.
The Burghal Hidage Added Aug 9, 2017 - 7:19pm
I have not George. I actually dont watch a lot of television, but SciFi is something I might be able to sit through.
The Burghal Hidage Added Aug 9, 2017 - 7:25pm
Opher-
 
They thought Charles was the devil and cut off his head
Embraced the Protectorate and got Cromwell instead
Sovereign or Parliament, the results always the same
The only distinction becomes who is to blame
 
wsucram15 Added Aug 9, 2017 - 8:48pm
This is a nightmare of a story and I was going to say it would make a good show, but George beat me to it..
The Burghal Hidage Added Aug 9, 2017 - 9:12pm
It is a nightmare, especially when one must consider the plausibility of this scenario playing out. Oddly this was inspired by nothing more than catching a report on the radio about MacDonalds test marketing an app for home delivery. Earlier Phil made a reference to Wall-E. I must admit that the MacDonalds story rang that bell for me, but no intention to model the story around this. 
I suppose it could be expanded upon as a show or a screenplay. Or you could just watch the news :)
Katharine Otto Added Aug 9, 2017 - 9:48pm
Burghal,
Spooky.  I kept wondering if McDonalds' was the only available food.  If that were the case, people maybe wouldn't live long enough to be euthanized.  Could you add Montsanto and Pfizer to your list of Big Bad Guys, somehow?  Walmart?  If I had my way, the logo would be at least a sentence long.
 
I do like the part about banks, government, and public education becoming expendable.
Leroy Added Aug 9, 2017 - 10:34pm
Just replace the UN with IMaGE and you have Opher's World :)
Leroy Added Aug 9, 2017 - 10:36pm
'by "she", you must be referring to your wife, Leroy! You will not dare to attribute liking checked shirts to me, now will you? '
 
Only kidding, MJ.  After all, I changed my avatar to one with a checked shirt in honor of your article on Checked Shirts.
The Burghal Hidage Added Aug 10, 2017 - 5:05am
Katherine -
 
There are a number of good candidates to include on the list indeed. Phil Greenough had a good suggestion of a combination to actually spell out Image (see in thread above). To be honest I didnt spend that much time working it out other than to create something that would play to the "imagine" title.
 
The inclusion of MacDonalds was, as I said, due to it's being part of the trigger. It also seemed to fit the dystopian mold, MacDonalds being the Victory brand a la 1984.
It could easily have a tie to the euthanasia service couldn't it? I could see the commercials playing on every screen in this world:
 
Happy children wearing their masks of juvenile innocence seated inside of the dispensary (they're no longer called restaurants). They are accompanied by their equally blank and clueless parents. Some soul-less prefab music plays in the background reciting the inane jingle of the day and then the voice over, some chirpy young woman with that annoying California inflection. " For a limited time only buy two adult Big Mac meals and get two Soylent Green Happy Meals for the kids! Da-da da-da daaah! I'm lovin' it!"
The Burghal Hidage Added Aug 10, 2017 - 5:10am
Leroy and MJ -
 
Never mind the checks. Its that sleeveless look that makes it. tres chic!
The Burghal Hidage Added Aug 10, 2017 - 5:25am
Katherine - 
 
In a world like this there would be a motive for making the MacDonalds like menu the predominant choice, wouldnt there? It would be the pig slop sold to the UBA crowd as haute cuisine, while the corporate elite got all the good stuff.
 
I should be clear here. This is not intended as a blanket condemnation of corporations. Rather it is an indictment of the crony cabal of corporations, government and banking intertwined to fix the game. This is much of what we have now and the trend is only accelerating. In large measure the "corporate state" has already been achieved. Where governments are bought and paid for to attain advantage in the markets the government is just the front man, the corporation the silent partner.
opher goodwin Added Aug 10, 2017 - 5:45am
Burghal - we know a lot more now. We can do away with puritan theocracy and produce far better democracy and a system that is fair and accountable.
Besides - Cromwell was amazingly popular. They wanted to make him king. I wonder what might have happened if he hadn't suddenly died? His son only lasted eight months before he was ousted.
opher goodwin Added Aug 10, 2017 - 5:47am
Leroy - replacing the UN with IMaGE would be a nightmare and the exact opposite of what I am proposing. I want IMaGE controlled. At the moment they get away with murder.
The Burghal Hidage Added Aug 10, 2017 - 5:56am
Leroy -
 
You are right, it is the result of a world as envisioned by Opher's ideal. The UN is bought and paid for the same as all the other governments. The ultimate culmination of these arrangements is as I have presented in this story. At some point the institutional accomplices to this whole charade outlive their usefulness and the mask comes off, no longer any need to continue the charade.
 
There are those who may say that painting such a bleak portrait I am a purveyor of doom, but I dont see it that way. Opher is but one example of an entire class of doomsayers. The sky is falling! Everywhere in the media, academia, politics, they are all merchants of panic, hyperventilating " We have to do something!" I say no. You've done enough that you're no longer really doing anything. Its just one more charade.
 
I do not see the collapse as a cataclysm. It would be a gift. Yes there would be pain, I dont deny this. But there will be pain regardless. If the course is left unchecked there will be much more pain and for much longer. The collapse would be akin to a form of cancer treatment, the best medicine being a shock to the system. Yes, it will make you sick. For a time, but then after you just might survive.
 
Opher continually laments that we fail to learn from our mistakes. His solution is that we must simply do what has already been tried, we just must do it better. Better funding, more "teeth", all that... Well continuing to try making something work which clearly up to this point has not is not learning from our mistakes but only repeating them. 
 
Left alone on its current course the whole thing falls down and this is how the field gets leveled. It furnishes people with a choice: are you going to accept the expedient comfort offered by the corrupt powers or will you reject this and start taking care of yourself? The former offers ease with enslavement and continues to empower the corrupt. The latter offers trial, sweat and some hardship, but with these freedom. As for myself I dont mind getting my hands dirty.
Leroy Added Aug 10, 2017 - 9:24am
"Leroy - replacing the UN with IMaGE would be a nightmare and the exact opposite of what I am proposing. I want IMaGE controlled. At the moment they get away with murder."
 
IMaGE solves all of your concerns, does it not, Opher?  Well, except for one.  I agree that you rail against the multinational and IMaGE is the epitome of multinationals.  But, does it really matter who is at the helm?  They are no longer just mere multinationals; they are the de facto government.  They are no different from any other group of people tasks with ruling over the world.  They deserve to be wealthy for all their trouble.  They provide all the creature comforts for the rest, as long as they are useful.  We could elect Kim Jong-Un as the leader.  He has solved all the problems in his own country.  IMaGE might be more beneign in providing a more end of life services and all, but you have to give Kim Jong-Un credit for being creative in this department.  It's a toss-up, really.
George N Romey Added Aug 10, 2017 - 10:24am
The world has proven to be too much of an evil place for world government.  The US at least for a time warts and all probably had the best to offer.  There was improvement needed even back to the herald times of the 50s and 60s. Now we are clearly on that slippery slope of an evil empire made to plunder, pillage and rape the masses in favor of the few privileged.
opher goodwin Added Aug 10, 2017 - 10:51am
Hey guys - now I am sure that we all want a better, more caring world, don't we? Perhaps we should start with what we agree with?
IMaGE is a nightmare. The trillionaires and multinationals are trashing the planet and leaving wreckage in their wake.
Burghal - you say I'm a doomsayer and there is no doom. But you are wrong. I've seen it first hand all over the planet. I've seen the destroyed forests, the strip mines and the pollution from Australia to South America and all points in between. Look at the stats. In the past thirty years we have wiped out 50% of vertebrates on the planet. That to me is a catastrophe. We have wiped out 56% of the invertebrates. Or is this not true?
We are doing this because there are far too many of us and we have these mad, selfish, greedy people in charge.
We are part of that food web. We are destroying our own life-support system. As a biologist who loves animals I find it appalling.
Now I'm looking for a solution before it gets too bad. It's the only one I can think of. Have you go one better?
Leroy Added Aug 10, 2017 - 11:07am
"The trillionaires and multinationals are trashing the planet and leaving wreckage in their wake."
 
Yeah.  The bastard multinational company I work for hires workers at above the local labor rates and provides benefits to boot along with training.  We have to stop this exploitation of labor.  We are on to their sinister plot.  They do all this so the workers can be more productive!  Oh, the exploitation and ulterior motives!  We have to stop this now before the unwashed are earning as much as Americans.
George N Romey Added Aug 10, 2017 - 12:09pm
I just don't think global government will get you there. By its nature it would be hard to control and very influenced and mandated by the ultra rich.  As usual it will be presented as something else just the way globalism was presented to Americans in the 80s as a way for us all to get rich together.
The Burghal Hidage Added Aug 10, 2017 - 12:36pm
Opher - I guess where that is where we have the principle difference. I am not looking for solutions, at least not in the way you are. I am able to accept that I can nor control the world ( what an awful job! Who the hell would want it?). I can only control what I do and what happens around me.  And the person next door, and the next and so on.  You and I do agree that we strive for a simpler existence. It does none of us any good to work ourselves up into a panic over the evils that men do. We can be indignant, we can take a stand and say "not in my back yard", but that's it. Practically speaking, all idealism aside, this is all we can do. If the current socio-economic construct crumbles ( it is and it will) then many of these other environmental concerns will take care of themselves. Even by your account what is there out of that order that is worth saving? Let it fall and go back to a simpler existence. This is where you realize your change. Collapse will be empowering.
Autumn Cote Added Aug 10, 2017 - 3:41pm
Please note, it's against the rules to post two articles within a 48-hour period, so I removed your recent submission.  My apologies and as always, many thanks for your participation with Writer Beat!
Katharine Otto Added Aug 11, 2017 - 12:37am
Burghal,
Thank you for espousing my views so well.  I see the foundations crumbling already, as the disenfranchised give up, drop out, or become outlaws.  The ivory tower elitists are in a panic, and continue to think governments can solve the problems GoverCorp has caused.  (And the military controls them all.)
The Burghal Hidage Added Aug 11, 2017 - 8:35am
Guilty as charged! Yes, I am a drop out, to a large degree. Perhaps I pay a bit more attention to it still than you may. Perhaps this is rooted in the voyeurism present in the male psyche? Nevertheless you and I think much alike.
 
I may be mistaken in my interpretation, but I'm not entirely certain that I share in your thoughts on the "military" being in control.  I was raised in a family that was steeped in a tradition of military service and thus I have been acquainted with a good number of soldiers, sailors and airmen, both veterans and active duty. The industry that I worked in for so many years was also populated by a high percentage of service members. In my experience with these people I do not find them to be of a inherently bellicose nature. Their service was not something modeled out of some blind allegiance to an ideal of "king and country". I have found these people instead, as I am sure you must have encountered in your work with the VA, to be motivated only by a sense of preparation and dedication to defend something which they believed to be worth fighting and dying for if need be: a way of life, a freedom which for all of it's imperfections still stands as something worth preserving. These men and women do not serve and fight for some corporate interest. This is not where their allegiance lies; their oath is to defend the constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. It is the allegiance of policy makers that has been corrupted.
 
Where I see the "military" having the role is the militarized police force that pollutes every level of government. Multiple federal agencies with overlapping jurisdictions. Federal agencies with no chartered function that requires arms at all having been militarized. Then there are State Police and their overlapping agencies, county sheriffs offices also equipped to the level of a paramilitary, city police. As you have stated elsewhere we are a police state. This is the military that is concerning. They dont control anything directly themselves. They are the instrument of control for the rulemakers to insure that we follow their rules and keep the rulemakers safe from us while they themselves do not follow the same set of rules. There is your military.
 
Not every profession is universally evil or bad. There are individuals who wear a badge who do so out of a sincere desire to help people when they need help. These are the sheepdog personalities, which sadly are all too few. It requires a certain temperament to make a "good" cop and frankly I believe that many who wear the uniform are severely wanting in this characteristic. I'm not advocating that they be gunned down indiscriminately. We just dont need so damned many of them! Therein lies the problem. It is not we who need them. It is the lawmakers who need them.
 
 
Dave Volek Added Aug 14, 2017 - 11:05am
I have bypassed this article several times on WB as the title did not appeal to me. But today I "took a chance." I was not disappointed.
 
I was about 16 when the dystopian film Rollerball came out. It was one of the few movies that stayed with my thinking. When I finally found it again 30 years later, I had to acknowledge the powerful message it was sending. So many layers in for social engineering--just like this short story.    
Dave Volek Added Aug 14, 2017 - 11:11am
TBH:
 
I was wondering if I could some feedback from you. To promote the launch of my ebook, I am thinking of putting up the first chapter on WB. "The Tale of Two Nations" is about comparing two similar nations. One nation has learned how to get along reasoning well; the other needs all sorts of rules. I would say it is anti-dystopian as the book shows how people to get along so they can build a more prosperous society.
 
The first chapter is about 3,800 words. It seems WB can handle articles that long, but I was thinking of dividing it up into four parts. Your thoughts?

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