Empty Days

Sunday, July 11, 2004



Anarchists vs leftists.

216. Some leftists may seem to oppose technology, but they will oppose it only so long as they are outsiders and the technological system is controlled by non-leftists. If leftism ever becomes dominant in society, so that the technological system becomes a tool in the hands of leftists, they will enthusiastically use it and promote its growth. In doing this they will be repeating a pattern that leftism has shown again and again in the past. When the Bolsheviks in Russia were outsiders, they vigorously opposed censorship and the secret police, they advocated self-determination for ethnic minorities, and so forth; but as soon as they came into power themselves, they imposed a tighter censorship and created a more ruthless secret police than any that had existed under the tsars, and they oppressed ethnic minorities at least as much as the tsars had done. In the United States, a couple of decades ago when leftists were a minority in our universities, leftist professors were vigorous proponents of academic freedom, but today, in those universities where leftists have become dominant, they have shown themselves ready to take away from everyone else's academic freedom. (This is "political correctness.") The same will happen with leftists and technology: They will use it to oppress everyone else if they ever get it under their own control.
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Heh. That sums it up pretty good. That's what Houellebecq is saying in France too - it's even worse there. Either way, this confirms my idea that anarchism is essentially a force of destruction of a given social order by reckless (or maybe just suffocating) individuals. Ted's "save the Nature" slogan is fundamentally bogus - he doesn't really want to save anything, but he really wants to destroy a system that directly impedes on his idea of individual freedom. "Less people, more nature, more space" - that's the real objective and it's kinda understandable: I could only dream of waking up tomorrow in a city completely emptied of its inhabitants.

Individual vs Society - society always wins in the end, especially following revolutions. Ted's "strategy" section is completely impotent.





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