the logic of the tech tree is what gives us elon musk trying to build brain implants that turn off his worker's will to resist

it does not have to justify itself except in that it must one day exist, therefore someone must bring it into being

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this is also why liberals want there to be more nuclear weapons and eugenics machines in the world

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if it will exist, no matter what, it becomes necessary to build it first in case someone else does it in a way that's worse for you

instead of changing the conditions of the world that would necessitate its creation

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liberalism takes the world as it is, takes liberals' personal comfort, and then justifies every factor leading to the status quo as either a net good or a necessary evil

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to liberals, we live in the best of all possible worlds. look outside. does this look like the best of all possible worlds to you?

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but they believe it's a zero-sum game, and that if you make one thing better then by necessity something else will become worse. unless technology advances, in which case everything becomes better, because of the logic of the tech tree

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namely, that there's a linear progression up through human history that makes everything better and better. this secular faith is the only way to improve the world. technology comes from great men, unique geniuses whose brilliance must be discovered and cultivated, so they can bring their gifts to the masses. that's how tech works, a steve jobs snaps his fingers and you suddenly have the privilege of buying the latest smartphone.

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this isn't how anything actually works, which should be plainly obvious. not every new invention is good. "great men" just have good marketing departments and enough money to buy founder titles from the teams who actually came up with new stuff. technology is developed in response to new problems - we wouldn't have invented the tank if there wasn't a war on.

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but if you acknowledge that material conditions drive technological change, rather than solely the other way around, then maybe you have to acknowledge that material conditions are mutable through factors besides technological change.

and if other factors can change material conditions, maybe riots work. maybe revolutions work. maybe the status quo, that makes liberals so comfortable, isn't the global optimum. maybe the system doesn't work for everyone - and maybe it could.

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appealing to technology as the sole way to improve quality of life is an abdication of collective responsibility.

@velexiraptor this is also FOSS people's analysis falls short — a technological change can't fix problems on its own, there needs to be changes in material conditions alongside for it to do any good.

And this also a note to self, I am a FOSS person that often makes this mistake in thinking about technology

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