VDH on the Origins of Our Second Civil War

I found this passage from Hanson’s latest essay particularly insightful:

Religious and spiritual reawakening is crucial. The masters of the universe of Silicon Valley did not, as promised, bring us new-age tranquility, but rather only greater speed and intensity to do what we always do. Trolling, doxing, and phishing were just new versions of what Jesus warned about in the Sermon on the Mount. Spiritual transcendence is the timeless water of life; technology is simply the delivery pump. We confused the two. That water can be delivered ever more rapidly does not mean it ever changes its essence. High tech has become the great delusion.

The rest can be read here.

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Author: The Sinistral Bassist

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8 thoughts on “VDH on the Origins of Our Second Civil War”

  1. 10 Cents:
    Thanks for posting, Minky.

    What were some of VDH’s other main points?

    The cultural shift of white collar, urban workers into a globalized mindset as opposed to blue collar workers, higher ed being infiltrated by socialists, illegal immigration straining regional ties. He thinks it’s still avoidable, but it will be close-run and hinges on several factors beyond simple economic success.

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  2. I liked this article Bryan but again, je ne comprends pas this obsessive dislike of high tech mavens. They have been criticized as heavily as Henry Ford for making the automobile available to the masses thereby putting carriage and buggy whip makers out of business and polluting the roads!

    Mark Zuckerberg, the late Steve Jobs and his successor Tim Cook, Katrina Lake, Sundar Pichai, Jeff Bezos have created hundreds of thousands of high paying jobs and financial opportunities for investors. I’m grateful to FB, Microsoft, Google and even Twitter for allowing me to increase my personal income; I’m not even interested in using many of their products !

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  3. Bryan G. Stephens:
    That really struck me too.

    I don’t think it will happen. My whole life has been since 1970. I have seen nothing but the left’s destruction of America my whole life.

    Same.  I’ve been around since ’66 and the left has done nothing in my life I can think of to make this a better place, and that doesn’t bring me joy to say.  I used to give them credit for good intentions, but even that is no longer the case.  I see nothing from them anymore other than empty rage and baseless accusations of racism, sexism, etc…  The left doesn’t build, it can only destroy.

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  4. I liked this quote.

    If in 1970 a nerd slandered one on the sidewalk and talked trash, he might not do it twice; in 2018, he did it electronically, boldly, and with impunity behind an array of masked social-media identities.

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  5. 10 Cents:
    I liked this quote.

    If in 1970 a nerd slandered one on the sidewalk and talked trash, he might not do it twice; in 2018, he did it electronically, boldly, and with impunity behind an array of masked social-media identities.

    It’s true. Free speech has become uncoupled from the responsibility for and consequences of that speech. I’m not advocating violence, but I think there is something useful in at least making someone circumspect that if they baselessly accuse someone of being racist, they might get punched in the mouth for it.

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