File spoon-archives/lyotard.archive/lyotard_2001/lyotard.0112, message 23

Date: Sat, 08 Dec 2001 09:00:21 -0600
Subject: Re: more on cyborgs and the inhuman

hbone wrote:
IMHO these evils are consequences of the acts of living people whose
religion is greed, and whose tools are institutions and technologies. 
The EVIL ONES siphon wealth from worker/consumers in the form of Rent,
Interest, Profits, Taxes, Insurance, Advertising.  That where our money

Development, technology and complexity are not actors in this drama....
only names of  concepts.


Just a couple of points.  

1. I'm not sure that a moral category like greed is sufficient to
emcompass all these political, social and technological issues.

2. Just to be the devil's advocate, what kind of social solution do you
advocate that would not involve some form of transfer? After all, H&N
advocate a global guaranteed income.  How does this differ in principle
from some of the things you describe?  In a world that faces so many
unequal streams of income distribution, it seems hard to visualize a
solution that doesn't involve some form of transfers, at least in the
short term.

3. By distinguishing "actors" from concepts and technology the way that
you do, don't you end up with another dualism that lands you deep within
the Luddite/Heidegger camp?  Where does the concept end and the actor
begin?  That seems to be precisely the problem.


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