Technological Rationality Also Affects Critical Truth Values.

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The standardization of thought under the influence of technological rationality also affects critical truth values. These are torn from their original context and, in their new form, are the object of extensive and sometimes even official publicity. By way of example, proposals which in Europe fell within the exclusive domain of the workers’ movement are today adopted by the very forces that these proposals denounced. In fascist countries, they serve as ideological tools for attacking “Jewish capitalism” or “Western plutocracy”, masking, in effect, the real front of the struggle. The materialist analysis of the current economy serves to justify fascism in the eyes of German industrialists for whom the regime constitutes the last possibility of imperialist expansion.
Hitler’s speech at the Industrial Club in Düsseldorf, January …In other countries, criticism of the political economy takes part in the struggles between conflicting business groups and acts as a weapon in the hands of the government to reveal monopolistic practices. This criticism is propagated by the chroniclers of the conglomerates of the big press and is even found even in the popular reviews and the speeches to the associations of manufacturers. While becoming a part of established culture, this criticism seems to lose its bite and tends to blend with what is dated and common. This familiarity with the truth illustrates the extent to which society has become indifferent and insensitive to the impact of critical thinking.
Several influences have conspired to make socially critical thinking ineffective. The most important is the expansion of the industrial apparatus and its overall control over all spheres of life. The technological rationality inculcated in those who serve the apparatus has transformed several external forms of constraint and authority into modes of self-discipline and self-restraint. Security and order are to a large extent guaranteed by the fact that man has learned to adjust to the slightest detail his behavior to that of his neighbor.

All men act equally rationally, that is to say in accordance with the standards that ensure the functioning of the device and, as a result, the smooth development of their lives. But this internalization of constraint and authority has strengthened rather than attenuated the mechanisms of social control. Men, following their own reason, follow those who put it to good use.

In Europe, these introversion mechanisms have helped to prevent the individual from acting in accordance with overt truth, these mechanisms being more effectively assisted by those exercising physical control. To this day, interests that would otherwise be divergent, and their entremises synchronize and adjust so as to counter any serious threat to their domination. these mechanisms are more effectively supported by those exercising physical control. To this day, interests that would otherwise be divergent, and their entremises synchronize and adjust so as to counter any serious threat to their domination. these mechanisms are more effectively supported by those exercising physical control. To this day, interests that would otherwise be divergent, and their entremises synchronize and adjust so as to counter any serious threat to their domination.

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