Re: SOC: MSNBC on "Special Terrorists"

From: Michael S. Lorrey (
Date: Fri Jun 23 2000 - 19:19:11 MDT wrote:
> writes:
> > > The activists say theyre willing to destroy property because they feel
> > > genetically modified organisms can potentially harm humans. A spokesman
> > > for one major group, the Earth Liberation Front, acknowledges it espouses
> > > "economic sabotage" but insists that does not include violence against
> > > people.
> > Hmmm..., I wonder what their position is going to be on whether
> "genetically
> > modified" humans "harm" humans, and where that leaves them regarding "not
> > including violence against people"...
> > Looks like a catch-22 from where I sit.
> Robert, you're applying a level of rationality to the mentality behind this
> kind of action that just doesn't work. The animating force behind what is
> coming to be a recognized new type of terrorism is REACTION: These folks are
> reacting against technological progress based on a visceral fear and general
> distaste for the people who are developing the new technologies. It's what
> Ralph Nader, Pat Buchanan and Jeremy Rifkin all have in common -- and there
> sure isn't any consistency among that bunch.

I tend to look at this political evolution as an emergence of a third
primary axis in the memespace of political geography that is based upon
technological freedom, where the other two are based on social and
economic freedom. Based on this, its far easier to make sense of these
unlikely allies. They all occupy the 'right wing' of that axis, while
occupying different locations on the other two axes.

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