Empty Days

Sunday, July 11, 2004



Oh really.

166. Therefore two tasks confront those who hate the servitude to which the industrial system is reducing the human race. First, we must work to heighten the social stresses within the system so as to increase the likelihood that it will break down or be weakened sufficiently so that a revolution against it becomes possible. Second, it is necessary to develop and propagate an ideology that opposes technology and the industrial society if and when the system becomes sufficiently weakened. And such an ideology will help to assure that, if and when industrial society breaks down, its remnants will be smashed beyond repair, so that the system cannot be reconstituted. The factories should be destroyed, technical books burned, etc.
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I would argue that factories are far easier to destroy than burn all those "technical books". I mean, think about it.... There are millions and millions and millions of those all over the place. You can't get rid of all the books - it's far easier to nuke an entire city than imagine such a project.

I suppose, in his day-dreams poor Ted imagined a rising wave of vigilantes sweeping through every nook and crany of his dear Amerika. Of course he entirely forgot that Amerika does not exist on it's own - it's replicated in Europe and in other countries. Heh - South Korea has better biotech labs than the USA at this point (well, at least as good). Etc etc. Poor Ted completely forgot about globalization - our super-efficient though fragile civilization has essentially conquered the planet already, small-scale barbarians everywhere are on the run.

The idea of a local (USA-only) grassroot revolution is thus preposterously pathetic (actually maybe you should look at recent Chernobyl photos to get a clue how it might look after such a "revolution"). But his reasons for wanting one to happen are valid.





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