All nationalists have the power of not seeing resemblances between similar sets of facts. A British Tory will defend self-determination in Europe and oppose it in India with no feeling of inconsistency. Actions are held to be good or bad, not on their own merits, but according to who does them, and there is almost no kind of outrage—torture, the use of hostages, forced labour, mass deportations, imprisonment without trial, forgery, assassination, the bombing of civilians—which does not change its moral colour when it is committed by ‘our’ side.
~ George Orwell
Come to think of it, wont comment on political articles anymore. Politics are going nowhere fast; will wait for different decade to comment, when politics are no longer politics as we define politics to be. Perhaps 2050 or so.
Brin, in a another piece, is being wildly premature to write about revolution at this time—for decades to come there are only technological revolutions possible. The social fabric was far too corroded during the past half-century; and if you would all go out to observe the situation carefully, you’d see that it will take decades to make even minor changes.
However it is understood a writer will throw things out for the reader to think about, and be entertained.
Posted by rms on 02/16 at 07:33 PM
Loyalty to the principles of the republic, the loyalty that led
Republicans in Congress to be ready to impeach President Nixon when it
was proved he had schemed against those principles, seem to have
disappeared from today’s Republicans. Their voter-suppression laws
and their gerrymander reflect their “power by hook or by crook”
Posted by John G Mess on 02/16 at 10:10 PM
To Rms - this is largely the topic of Ezra Klein’s great piece in vox.
It’s boringly predictable that so-called ‘technoprogressives’ (Brzezinskian technotronic dictatorship? Anyone?), post-humanism (good luck with that), anti-Trump shrieking about authoritarianism and the like would all be topical here. Transhumanism within the context of world government will provide a solution to the messy problems of being human, of auto-determination and anything resembling spiritual liberty. A key feature of the massively funded approaches to this hellish anti-human tsunami will include propaganda. Nationalism will be decried (bloody individualism) while technologies capable of thought coercion, genetic manipulation and deniable weaponry will be applied under the supervision of the military and it’s subordinate agencies.
This is precisely the case all over America and in my hometown of Opelousas. The neutralization of people refusing to take part in spying on their neighbors and families, who balk at being coerced, threatened into signing non-disclsure agreements required of counterintelligence ‘investigations’ are neutralized via slander, blackballing, pre-emption of the most menial activities, and includes murder in the form of piosonings, lethal electromagnetic radiation attacks, etc. But hey, you can’t make a human omelette without breaking a few heads.