From the standpoint of America’s blue meritocracy, this vision of the future is both humane and inevitable. Economic development is disempowering the many and empowering the few; and there is nothing that can be done about that. The only decent and fair thing to do is to make a trade. The few will be taxed for the sake of the many, and in return the many will accept the wise guidance of the few.
Your intelligent thoughts, pro and con, on the inevitability of this current-future social fate will likely require your reading the whole thing.
Bonus question segueing from Steve’s preceding post The Costs of War:
If the architecture of modern political economies (growing populations chasing ever-less-labor-intensive economic productivities) does render some sort of redistributive welfare state inevitable, what are the pros and cons of a martial welfare state – in exchange for federal monies, one works in some capacity for the federal military, understanding military to equally and interchangeably include demographic, economic, and cybernetic defense if not also offense – versus a non-martial welfare state with or without an economic quid pro quo?
Keep in mind that the nation state best able and willing to project its force (again, understood equally and interchangeably as martial, demographic [e.g., Mexico], cybernetic [e.g., China], and economic [e.g., China]) over other states without bankrupting itself in the process will maximize the global resources its citizens will be able to utilize and enjoy.
H. M. Stuart