Wednesday, March 24, 2010
The Future of Industrial Man, Chapter 6
The first theme of this section is how freedom is constituted in the ability to make bad decisions. The second theme is the limitation of democratic rule. Tyranny of the majority. He doesn’t like anything that suggests one group is closer to truth than any other. It is very egalitarian of him. But he also hits a key issue for the information age. How can we can we define a quality in terms of a quantity? How do we claim that truth is what the majority see? That is the appeal of common sense. It is ordinary wisdom, the judgment of the majority. Yet we believe in the romantic hero, the loner who sees something that goes against the sensibility of the majority and is able to act.