Technology/Knowledge as Power

In order to understand fully what Man’s power over Nature, and therefore the power of some men over other men really means, we must picture the race extended in time from the date of its emergence to that of its extinction. Each generation exercises power over its successors: and each, in so far as it …

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Tragedy and other bits

I think one of the characteristics that draws me to Russian novels is tragedy-the unfolding of disastrous events as a result of well intentioned choices, stories where there is no concrete villain. Ross Douthat thinks Americans don’t get tragedy and it impacts our politics. Americans believe in evil, but we’re uncomfortable with tragedy. We accept …

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