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Social Consequences of Biochemical Terrorism

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Originally ublished in the War and Peace section of the World's Best Ideas
(Institute for Social Inventions, London, 1998, 300pp, 7, pp. 255-257) [PDF original]


Biochemical terrorism in all probability will be the next major disrupter of society. This has been endlessly discussed in terms of 'weapons of mass destruction', but I have seen almost no discussion of its disruptive effect on the smallest scales. What will be the likely responses to small-scale biochemical terrorism, once it begins? I suggest the following possibilities - bearing in mind how the very real threats of poisoning were handled in European Middle Age societies, in Arab cultures and in Far Eastern cultures.

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