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Technoprogressive? BioConservative? Huh?
Overview of technopolitics

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Intelligent Technologies and Lost Life

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Yes, America is Descending in Totalitarianism

John G. Messerly

Reason and Meaning

January 08, 2017

“In an ever-changing, incomprehensible world the masses had reached the point where they would, at the same time, believe everything and nothing, think that everything was possible and that nothing was true. … Mass propaganda discovered that its audience was ready at all times to believe the worst, no matter how absurd, and did not particularly object to being deceived because it held every statement to be a lie …


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Posted by instamatic  on  01/09  at  07:00 PM

This article is a bit better than your previous. It is taken into account you are a philosopher, not a political expert. Still, who—for starters—is saying we have nothing to worry about? FDR was mistaken when he said we have nothing to fear but fear itself; we always have plenty to worry about. The turmoil of the ‘80s will return. That is how Americans change.
‘40s: WWII
‘60s: Vietnam, urban riots.
‘80s: increasing crime
‘00s: aftermath of 9/11

The 2020s will be dire for many. What can be done about intense dislocation and, related, the business cycle?

This is a sign that we have entered an amoral world

Trump himself as a person is a sign we have entered an amoral world, a symptom. Things occur first in California, thus Schwarzenegger was the politician-precursor signal of this amorality. It signifies that conventional morality is dead or dying. As a philosopher, you could write a piece on such; for instance, how everyone now lies about sex.

This is where you go very wrong:

From the period after World War II to about 1980, the political parties in the USA generally compromised for the good of the nation

No way, John, the political parties totally botched via Vietnam, Watergate, the wars on crime, drugs and poverty; all these wars beginning long before 1980.

It is a centuries old story. People want power…In the end, some seek wealth and power for a few, others want a decent life for everyone. Right now the few are winning

What do you mean the few are winning ‘right now’? They always did albeit people probably want power more than ever, now that tech provides them with more opportunities to amass power. Yet it is not limited to white power—all the races/ethnicities want power. Men of all races/ethnicities and sexual orientations want power.

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