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Re: <nettime> Return of the F-scale
Patrice Riemens on Mon, 29 Feb 2016 11:10:17 +0100 (CET)

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Re: <nettime> Return of the F-scale

The question is then whether authoritarianism is the TINA for
security/ well-being of 'the masses' (which Geert wants to re-educate,
apparently). One must not forget that Havel was living in such an
authoritarian state which also operated as a 'nanny'. He obviously
longed for the 'liberties' we had in the West - and which we were
using very poorly (to consume mostly). There surely must be better,
co-operative, collaborative options. But then I think a 'reduction in
scale' (of almost everything) is the prime condition to move forward.

On 2016-02-28 02:27, prem.cnt {AT} gmail.com wrote:
> "In an era when metaphysical and existential certainties are in a state
> of crisis, when people are being uprooted and alienated and are losing
> their sense of what this world means, this ideology inevitably has a
> certain hypnotic charm. To wandering humankind it offers an immediately
> available home: all one has to do is accept it, and suddenly everything
> becomes clear once more, life takes on new meaning, and all mysteries,
> unanswered questions, anxiety, and loneliness vanish. Of course, one
> pays dearly for this low-rent home: the price is abdication of one???s
> own reason, conscience, and responsibility, for an essential aspect of
> this ideology is the consignment of reason and conscience to a higher
> authority. The principle involved here is that the center of power is
> identical with the center of truth."


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