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qwueri 
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Pretty sure something that regressive and draconian would be an instant catalyst for war.
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How the hell would you enforce that. The people breaking the law has a huge tech advantage over the ones trying to enforce it. Cop on horse approaches you, halt that car is illegal I will have to confiscate it.... *drives off*....Hey that M2 machine gun is illegal you better hand it over or well be forced to throw spears at you.

I know it is only electronics but in war electronics still have a huge advantage, you won't be able to group up quickly and fight well without electronics. You won't be able to make new guns either, bullets ect, no way to enforce it.
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Well without technology I'll only have a few days to live. I dunno, could just die and save myself the struggle.
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Given that most products these days are not locally sourced or manufactured there would be a pretty massive collapse to start with. Followed by a sort of reverse industrial revolution as everyone is forced to shift back to producing goods locally and the range/reliability of transportation is greatly reduced. Wide spread starvation would be a given to begin with.




qualeshia3 wrote:
Also, there will be a LOT of deaths as well and physically disabled people unable to function properly.


The manufacture and distribution of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies would cease. The death toll would be catastrophic. I'd be dead inside of a few months, by my own hand no less, if you took away my prescriptions. >.>




serifsansserif wrote:
Not really. Ammo is easy enough to assemble. I had an uncle that would do it regularly.

You also have preexisting guns.

And you have to remember gun manufactury predates electricity by a couple hundred years.


Easy enough to assemble yes, but it's unlikely you're going to be easily manufacturing cartridge primers in your shed. Guns would continue to exist but they'd take quite a few steps back in terms of usability, accuracy, range, etc. The supplies required to keep modern guns functioning and loaded would dry up. Even just gunpowder itself. Yes, its possible to make your own black powder, but it takes significant elbow grease and some know how. Plus it would be no where near the same quality as modern gunpowder.



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Still, I'll be chilling out with primitive technology like spears, bows, slings and even stone age knives (I do have a bushcraft knife though). I also got the plans for making a welder in my head (could have used solid copper wires to plug them to the primary coils). Again, such a law would be hypothetical.
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runec wrote:

Given that most products these days are not locally sourced or manufactured there would be a pretty massive collapse to start with. Followed by a sort of reverse industrial revolution as everyone is forced to shift back to producing goods locally and the range/reliability of transportation is greatly reduced. Wide spread starvation would be a given to begin with.




qualeshia3 wrote:
Also, there will be a LOT of deaths as well and physically disabled people unable to function properly.


The manufacture and distribution of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies would cease. The death toll would be catastrophic. I'd be dead inside of a few months, by my own hand no less, if you took away my prescriptions. >.>



Exactly.
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mow123 wrote:

How the hell would you enforce that. The people breaking the law has a huge tech advantage over the ones trying to enforce it. Cop on horse approaches you, halt that car is illegal I will have to confiscate it.... *drives off*....Hey that M2 machine gun is illegal you better hand it over or well be forced to throw spears at you.

I know it is only electronics but in war electronics still have a huge advantage, you won't be able to group up quickly and fight well without electronics. You won't be able to make new guns either, bullets ect, no way to enforce it.


Thank goodness it won't happen in real life.
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We're gonna need a bigger boat...

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No one would know that, because electronic technology would be required to even properly distribute the news. Some weird inception shit would go down.
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TVs, radios, phones, gaming console, cameras, and computers...

What about fans and microwaves?

I'd just read manga, magazines and books. Get my news from newspapers and ride around on a bicycle. How quaint.
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Doesn't prison depend on electronics though?
Also if it were illegal, I don't want to answer this thread, because I'd go to prison.
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The likely outcome will be a quick and violent uprising against whatever regime is trying to outlaw technology, followed by an eventual return to the status quo.

We are too dependent on [electronics] in our daily lives, sometimes even to live our daily lives, and by outlawing it the regime handicaps itself to the point where they can't actually enforce the policy. Those who break the law would have a huge advantage to the point where it wouldn't even be much of a contest.

We should really be more concerned about technology outlawing us.
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Thanks for the comments.
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Wild Wild West here we come
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somehow Equilibrium comes to mind here, where art was forbidden and people still their best to obtain it. what of the books being burned all the time from past to present, people try to own such things as well as owning things which are against the law or they simply have issues where it's unsafe. this inflates the values, even defects in toys which they used a wrong color, actually makes them more valuable. so, yes, it'd change, people would hoard such items, a black market would open up and thus stupidity would reign down like anything that becomes illegal. prohibitions teaches society nothing, but, there again, neither does history since it's mostly repeated anymore anyways.
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