March 24, 2011

SILICON GRAFFITI: Forward, Into The Past!

Reminds me of this Neal Stephenson quote: “The twentieth century was one in which limits on state power were removed in order to let the intellectuals run with the ball, and they screwed everything up and turned the century into an abattoir. . . . We Americans are the only ones who didn’t get creamed at some point during all of this. We are free and prosperous because we have inherited political and value systems fabricated by a particular set of eighteenth-century intellectuals who happened to get it right. But we have lost touch with those intellectuals.”

UPDATE: Though it doesn’t change the meaning, this quotation is incorrect: Follow the link for the correct version.

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