February 8th, 2012

All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace: Adam Curtis

Thanks to jblindsight who takes no responsibility for the views expressed here.  (But i do!)

The line of reasoning here is quite weak, but, to my mind plausible and it accounts for the shape we are in.
Ayn Rand's "principled" hedonism and contempt for "weakness" influenced Alan Greenspan (and evidently a lot of other powerful people--some of whom named their children "Ayn" or "Rand") who influenced the Secretary of the Treasury who (while Clinton was trying to explain Lewinsky) took over foreign policy which led to economic collapse in Asia which karmaed back to economic collapse here.  When we start jailing those responsible as we should, the first to go should be Rubin and Greenspan.

The secondary theme of "technological society" and its destruction of human values is one i have accepted since Jacques Ellul first addressed it in the late 1950s.  It is still possible for the powerful to use technology to control the weak; but that era is soon coming to an end.  Then the technology itself will control everybody.  If we play god long enough we will have created a god whose "ways are not our ways."

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