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Move over Mad Max; Special Constable Lecter front and center

Grey Havoc

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Of all the proposals over the years for maintaining law and order in the aftermath of a strategic nuclear exchange, this one may just take the biscuit:

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/science/article4253348.ece (Subscription required)
 

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Haven't subscribed, so not read the full article, but the idea principally seems to be,
to use human being for a task, that nowadays generally is affiliated to computers:
Making decisions on purely logical reasons, without sentiments and prejudices, at
least this could be, what he means with "no feelings for others".
After a nuclear war, working computers may be a scarce resource, but I'm not sure,
that he doesn't overestimate the capabilities of a "standard psychopath" ... :-\
 

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The article extract is somewhat misleading; the decision making they would have been expected to do would have been in the field, so to speak, as emergency augments to (or indeed replacement for) what was expected to be a severely depleted if not totally defunct police presence. They would have in effect been paramilitary officers with the literal power of life or death, in theory answerable only to the Regional Commissioners (the old British continuity of government system).

Even Judge Dredd would have likely been more merciful than one of this particular group of martial law enforcers. And that's assuming that they could recruit personnel who wouldn't kill everyone they came across, rather than just those deliberately flouting the will of the local Commissioner.
 
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