Sunday, April 08, 2007

The Cage, according to Adam Curtis

Adam Curtis, in his BBC documentary, The Trap concludes the first episode with this very succinct summary of the problem with technocracy: "As this program has shown, the idea of freedom that had now become dominant in the west was deeply rooted in the suspicion and paranoia of the cold war...this idea spread to take over politics itself because it seemed to offer a new and better alternative to democracy. What it actually leads to is rigidity, corruption, and a dramatic rise in inequality; we will come to believe that we really are the strange and isolated beings that the cold war scientists had invented to make their models work. This bleak vision, far from liberating us, will become our cage.

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