Terrorism and Guerrilla Warfare: Forecasts and Remedies

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Chapter three

Terrorist targets in the 1990s

The microelectronics revolution

The microelectronics boom, the fifth industrial revolution, will continue to be the fastest industrial revolution of all time, especially in the fields of robotics and information technology. In 1970, 40 per cent of the working population in industrial countries were employed in productive industries, that is manufacturing or extractive (e.g. mining, agriculture, etc). By the early 1980s this had fallen to 30 per cent, with 60 per cent in service industries, and 10 per cent unemployed. By the year 2000 we may well see only about 10 per cent in productive industries and 80-90 per cent in service industries, the biggest growth being in the leisure industries. Moreover, the proper harnessing of robotics and information technology should not only eliminate the drudgery of the assembly line and paper-pushing, but also enable us to reduce the standard working week to about thirty hours if we wish. Many more people will be able to work at home.

With so much more time and energy saved by shorter hours and freedom from rush-hour travel, there will be a growth not only in DIY (do it yourself) but also in moonlighting: mainly by bartering useful services within the neighbourhood, for example, 'I'll repair your computer terminal if you'll baby-sit for us'. This will raise the standard of living but leave still more money to be spent on travel and leisure. However, this can all be poisoned through the malign influences of drugs, violence, and lust for money and power, which are the interlocking themes running through this book.

The flood of information already pouring into every household will further explode with access to up to fifty television channels, by cable and satellite, mostly in pictorial form which gives greater ability to manipulate the emotions. Authoritarian governments will take control of these sources to exercise a tighter grip on the

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