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Technology/Ayn Rand/Morozov: Rand's name is rarely associated with the discussion of technology, but she wrote an essay dealing with technology: "The New Anti-Industrial Revolution". (1)
Ayn Rand thesis: Restrictions from technology mean the attempt to regulate the unknown, to limit the unborn, to establish rules for the undiscovered. (2) Who knows, (...) how an active mind is stimulated by a piece of information, and what it can produce (with it). (3)
Progress/Computer/Rand: Rand warned us that the "ecological crusade" would free us from our toothbrushes, and "computers programmed by a bunch of hippies" (Morozov: she actually wrote this - 1971!) would slow down human progress. (4)
MorozovVsRand: According to this logic, societies should not restrict the use of biological weapons or asbestos, because we do not know what good could come of it.


1. Ayn Rand, The Return of the Primitive: The Anti-Industrial Revolution, Kindle ed. (New York: Plume, 1999).
2. ibid., Kindle location 4889– 4890.
3. ibid., Kindle location 4887– 4888.
4. ibid., Kindle location 4905.


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Rand I
Ayn Rand
Atlas Shrugged New York 1996

Morozov I
Evgeny Morozov
To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism New York 2014


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