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Friday, November 05, 2010

Wisdom #9

I have a boatload of photos to upload and a few posts I've been meaning to do for months but...it's easier just to transcribe a little Chomsky.

"Modern industrial civilization has developed within a certain system of convenient myths. The driving force of modern industrial civilization has been individual material gain, which is accepted as legitimate, even praiseworthy, on the grounds that "private vices yield public benefits," in the classic formulation. Now it's long been understood--very well--that a society that is based on this principle will destroy itself in time. It can only persist--with whatever suffering and injustice it entails--as long as it's possible to pretend that the destructive forces that humans create are limited, that the world is an infinite resource, and that the world is an infinite garbage can. At this stage of history, either the general population will take control of its own destiny and will concern itself with community interests guided by values of solidarity and sympathy and concern for others or--alternatively--there will be no destiny for anyone to control."

From the documentary, "Manufacturing Consent."

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