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Freedom is not the most basic human need. You scare people about their security, and they will settle for conformity. Especially when a critical resistance mass is not there. No one want to be a rare fool.

The first half of the 20th century was the classical times for resistance. But since then, elites apparently became skillful in discouraging resistance ideas.

The Achrdruid Report traces the utopia/apocalypse dichotomy deeply to the Western cultural history:

... nearly all modern thinking about the future is hobbled by our obsession with a pair of rigidly defined mythic narratives -- the myth of progress on the one hand, and the myth of apocalypse on the other [...]

Both these visions of the future, while they take secular forms nowadays much more often than not, have their roots in Christian apocalyptic theology [...] The premillennialist position was that Jesus would return and bring about the Millennium, a thousand year period when Christians would rule the world. The postmilleniallists argued instead that Christians would rule the world for a thousand years, and then Jesus would return.

The difference may seem about as relevant as the number of angels who can dance on the head of Jerry Falwell, but sweeping implications unfold from each viewpoint. If the postmillennialists are right, history is on their side, since they're destined to rule the world for a thousand years before Jesus gets here. Thus postmillennialists believe that things will get better over time until the Millennium arrived. If the premillennialists are right, on the other hand, history is on the devil's side, since it will take nothing less than the personal intervention of Jesus to give the Christians their thousand years of world rule....

He reiterates this point regularly.

The same blog makes a distinction between problems and predicaments. Not all problems have neat or satisfactory solutions, hence not all dystopias will turn to utopias.

by das monde on Wed Jan 1st, 2014 at 11:04:10 PM EST
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