Civilization’s “Magnificent Bribe”

Lewis Mumford, in his prescient 1964 essay “Authoritarian and Democratic Technics,” warned of a quickly approaching day when all human autonomy would be suppressed or supplanted by modern centralized authoritarian technics.[1]  He described authoritarian technics as the tools of “mechanization, automation, and cybernetic direction” that would destroy any vestige of individual or democratic freedom.  Surely […]

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