Machines That Facilitate Contact Between People Intercept and Absorb Their Libido

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Arnold Thurman, The Folklore of Capitalism, New York, 1941, p.who have been trained to identify their loyalty and loyalty to these same interests. Relationships between men themselves are increasingly mediated by mechanization. However, machines that facilitate contact between people intercept and absorb their libido, diverting it from this too dangerous sphere where men are free from social control. The average man has difficulty with such a deep and continuous concern for a living being as he feels for his car.
The adored machine is no longer an inert material but becomes something like a human being. And it gives back to man what she has, namely the life of the social apparatus to which she belongs. Human behavior is overtaken by the rationality of the machine and this rationality has a definite social content. The mechanized process operates according to the laws of physical science, but it also operates according to the laws of mass production.
What is opportune to technological rationality is at the same time what is opportune in terms of profitability, the rationalization consisting precisely in monopolistic standardization and concentration. The more an individual behaves rationally, the more he achieves his rationalized work with love, the more he succumbs to the most frustrating aspects of that rationality. He loses the capacity to withdraw from the particular mode according to which rationality is put into practice and loses hope in the realization of the possibilities it contains.
Its factuality, his distrust of everything that transcends observable facts, his resentment of any metaphysical or personal interpretation, his suspicion of any norm linking the observable order of things and the rationality of the apparatus to the rationality of freedom – this attitude serves to perfection those who have an interest in the fact that this dominant form of factuality is perpetuated.
The machine requires “regular training in the mechanical apprehension of things,” and this training, in turn, promotes “conformance to the schedule of life,” a “level of trained insight, and an appropriate strategy for any form of quantitative adjustment and adjustment “. its suspicion of any norm linking the observable order of things and the rationality of the apparatus to the rationality of freedom – this attitude serves to perfection those who have an interest in the perpetuation of this dominant form of factuality.
The machine requires “regular training in the mechanical apprehension of things,” and this training, in turn, promotes “conformance to the schedule of life,” a “level of trained insight, and an appropriate strategy for any form of quantitative adjustment and adjustment “. its suspicion of any norm linking the observable order of things and the rationality of the apparatus to the rationality of freedom – this attitude serves to perfection those who have an interest in the perpetuation of this dominant form of factuality.
The machine requires “regular training in the mechanical apprehension of things,” and this training, in turn, promotes “conformance to the schedule of life,” a “level of trained insight, and an appropriate strategy for any form of quantitative adjustment and adjustment “.

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