Given the reality that massive killing power is becoming more and more compact (nanotechnology, suitcase nukes, biological warfare) it’s not hard to foresee a day when one “mad scientist” can take out half or more of a country. How will we adapt? Will the density of killing power increase to the point that the survival of the entire human species becomes determined by its weakest link? (That would suck, eh. I know my share of weak links).
As attacks become more frequent and deadly, I see civil liberties being traded away in bulk. I see “risky” personality types being thrown into asylums in childhood. I see an anti-science attitude becoming rampant. I see interrogations and lie detectors becoming part of daily life.
Is there a better way? I can’t think of any alternatives, though it may be my lack of imagination.