“If American business is going to survive, we are going to need hundreds, or even thousands, of miracles. This would be depressing but for one critical fact: humans are distinguished from other species by our ability to work miracles.
We call these miracles technology.
Technology is miraculous because it allows us to do more with less, ratcheting up our fundamental capabilities to a higher level. Other animals are instinctively drawn to build things like dams or honeycombs, but we are the only ones that can invent new things and better ways of making them.
Humans don’t decide what to build by making choices from some cosmic catalog of options given in advance; instead, by creating new technologies, we rewrite the plan of the world.
New technology has never been an automatic feature of history. Our ancestors lived in static, zero-sum societies where success meant seizing things from others. They created new sources of wealth only rarely, and in the long run they could never create enough to save the average person from an extremely hard life.
Then, after 10,000 years of fitful advance from primitive agriculture to medieval windmills and 16th-century astrolabes, the modern world suddenly experienced relentless technological progress from the advent of the steam engine in the 1760s all the way up to about 1970. As a result, we have inherited a richer society than any previous generation would have been able to imagine.”
“Zero to One: Notes on startups, or how to build the future” – Peter Thiel, with Blake Masters – 16.09.2014
His world is under observation —
We monitor his station
Under faces and the places
Where he traces points of view
He picks up scraps of conversation —
Radio and radiation
From the dancers and romancers
With the answers — but no clue
He’d love to spend the night in Zion
He’s been a long while in Babylon
He’d like a lover’s wings to fly on
To a tropic isle of Avalon
His world is under anaesthetic —
Subdivided and synthetic
His reliance on the giants
In the science of the day
He picks up scraps of information —
He’s adept at adaptation
‘Cause for strangers and arrangers
Constant change is here to stay
He’s got a force field and a flexible plan
He’s got a date with fate in a black sedan
He plays fast forward for as long as he can
But he won’t need a bed —
He’s a digital man
“Digital Man” – Rush – 09.09.1982
II. Digital Perfection
Organized by Planned Parenthood whol kills 900 babies a day.
Supported by the Women’s March led by anti Semite Linda Sarsour and the same organization that celebrated the cop killer / terrorist Assata Shakur. https://t.co/1EQIRHVBE7
— Ryan B. Leslie (@RyanBLeslie) April 7, 2018
The alt right is currently having a shit fit because the women's march wished Assata Shakur a happy birthday.
— Ragnarok Lobster (@eclecticbrotha) July 19, 2017
Happy Birthday Assata Shakur!
It’s also Jake Tapper’s cue to seek out prominent well-wishers on the left & admonish them to prove to his white-wing critics he is a fair journalist. Don’t look for Tapper to admonish white men. No career-boosting points there.
— ChuckModi (@ChuckModi1) July 16, 2018
“Our growing dependence on technologies no one seems to understand or control has given rise to feelings of powerlessness and victimization. We find it more and more difficult to achieve a sense of
or connection with the world around us.
Relationships with others are notably fragile; goods are made to be used up and discarded;
reality is experienced as an
of flickering images.
Everything conspires to encourage escapist solutions to the psychological problems of
and to discourage the moral realism that makes it possible for human beings to come to terms with existential constraints on their power and freedom.”
“Culture of Narcissism: American Life In An Age Of Diminishing Expectations (Afterword)” – Christopher Lasch – 06.04.1991
“The cities are always living in the future. I remember when our little town got our first Chinese restaurant and, 20 years later, its first fancy coffee shop. All of this stuff had turned up in movies (set in L.A., of course) decades earlier.
I remember watching ’80s movies and mocking the “Valley Girl” stereotypes — young girls from, like, California who would, like, say, “like” in between every third word. Twenty years later, you can hear me doing the same in every Cracked podcast. The cancer started in L.A. and spread to the rest of America.
Well, the perception back then was that those city folks were all turning atheist, abandoning church for their bisexual sex parties. That, we were told, was literally a sign of the Apocalypse.
Not just due to the spiritual consequences (which were dire), but the devastation that would come to the culture. I couldn’t imagine any rebuttal. In that place, at that time, the church was everything.
Church was where you made friends, met girls, networked for jobs, got social support. The poor could get food and clothes there, couples could get advice on their marriages, addicts could try to get clean.
But now we’re seeing a startling decline in Christianity among the general population, the godless disease having spread alongside Valley Girl talk. So according to Fox News, what’s the result of those decadent, atheist, amoral snobs in the cities having turned their noses up at God?
The fabric has broken down, they say, just as predicted. And what rural Americans see on the news today is a sneak peek at their tomorrow.
The savages are coming.
Blacks riot, Muslims set bombs, gays spread AIDS, Mexican cartels behead children, atheists tear down Christmas trees.
Meanwhile, those liberal Lena Dunhams in their $5,000-a-month apartments sip wine and say, “But those white Christians are the real problem!”
Terror victims scream in the street next to their own severed limbs, and the response from the elites is to cry about how men should be allowed to use women’s restrooms and how it’s cruel to keep chickens in cages.
Madness. Their heads are so far up their asses that they can’t tell up from down.
Basic, obvious truths that have gone unquestioned for thousands of years now get laughed at and shouted down — the fact that hard work is better than dependence on government, that children do better with both parents in the picture, that peace is better than rioting, that a strict moral code is better than blithe hedonism, that humans tend to value things they’ve earned more than what they get for free, that not getting exploded by a bomb is better than getting exploded by a bomb.
Or as they say out in the country, ‘Don’t piss on my leg and tell me it’s raining’.”