Machine Power and Social Power

What is Power? How are these two kinds of Power related? Words let me down here.

But, as I study history, I can see how we changed in the middle of the 19th Century, when an explosion of new capabilities made us much more powerful. We became new beings – or perhaps two beings. One was superhuman and one was human.

And the superhuman exploited the human mercilessly.

This was seen most easily in the world of Business – where the Strong exploited the Weak. And everyone looked the other way – it was best, they thought – to not notice certain things. If you could make money this way, perhaps ethics could be temporarily overlooked.

But these temporary expedients became permanent. And Superhuman society became anti-human. Without noticing this in the least.


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