Re: JP Barlow, democracy and ACF

Damien Broderick (
Thu, 19 Sep 1996 01:00:27 +1000

Alexander Chislenko wrote:
>> > [...]
>> The term "social engineering" refers not to
>> enlightened use of technology, but achieving political goals through the
>> use of force or subterfuge.

As I recall, `social engineering'(tm) was introduced by Karl Popper
precisely to distinguish cautious, provisional, targeted change from
large-scale, ideologically-driven or grandly coercive changes to the
socio-economic order. Somehow in general conservative usage (at least in
Australian political discourse, and yours seems in line with that) it has
got turned around to imply the opposite.


Dr Damien Broderick / Associate, Dept. English and Cultural Studies
University of Melbourne, Parkville 3052, AUSTRALIA