Related to my last post, I wanted to explore the power that IT people wield over society today. There has been a dramatic power shift over the last few decades and no one seems to have noticed or care. What am I talking about? Think of what is run by computers these days. Everything from our financial to health to transportation systems has a vital dependence on some sort of computer system. Now ask yourself who holds the power over that system. Legally it is the management of whatever company we look at, but practially it is the IT folks.
Now why do I bring this up? Consider the consequence of an IT strike or even more unlikely an IT coup. If the geeks wanted, we can just turn off a significant portion of civilization. Now I don't expect anytjing like this to happen, but it's something to think about.