Horowitz's center

Carl Remick cremick at rlmnet.com
Wed Mar 10 06:16:54 PST 1999

> It depends on who controls the experimentation and in what in aim the
> research is being done. In capitalism, scientific research is
> carried out in
> the name of profit often with the funding of large
> corporations.

Sam, I think that technological advance itself can pose an enormous danger to society, irrespective of whether capitalists or socialists "control" technological advance. I thoroughly agree with Jacques Ellul (The Technological Society, 1954) that "technique" -- i.e., "the totality of methods rationally arrived at and having absolute efficiency (for a given state of development) in every field of human activity" -- threatens to swallow humankind whole. Ellul loathed capitalism, but he saw efficiency-driven technological determinism as the greatest social threat of all. IMO, he makes a good case.

Carl Remick

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