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Friday, August 02, 2013

The conditioners and the conditioned (Mumford)

The most deadly criticism one could make of modern civilization is that apart from its man-made crises and catastrophes, is not humanly interesting. ...In the end, such a civilization can produce only a mass man: incapable of spontaneous, self-directed activities: at best patient, docile, disciplined to monotonous work to an almost pathetic degree. ...Ultimately such a society produces only two groups of men: the conditioners and the conditioned, the active and passive barbarians.

Lewis Mumford

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