By Dmitry Orlov

The damaging facet of even fairly benign know-how will be undeniable to work out, yet is hardly mentioned. This booklet is necessary of many facets of know-how, however it intends to judge each one point of know-how in response to a harm/benefit tradeoff, displaying that the easiest applied sciences are naturelike and aren't destructive at all.

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Just how bad is it likely to get? Remembering who we are What should we consider normal? A problem of shared values Why act now? 3 APPROACHES AND DEPARTURES Jacques Ellul Ted Kaczynski 4 HARM/BENEFIT ANALYSIS Calculating the harm/benefit ratio Anti-technology technologies Mandatory technologies Personal standards Powerful technologies—weak humans Unlimited harm potential Nuclear power industry Genetic engineering Nanotechnology The harm/benefit hierarchy Cost-benefit analysis Technologies that should be disallowed Technologies that may be allowed Zero-harm technologies The dangers of nonexistent technology Relative harm 5 NATURELIKE TECHNOLOGIES The germ of an idea Village life Wilderness as a state of mind Bringing back the village A good way to inhabit the landscape The house The stove The sauna Time for a change of venue?

It is now becoming even less likely, since the Western model, dominated by Anglo and Zionist influences, is in increasingly ill repute throughout the rest of the world, which now includes well over half of the world’s population, productive capacity and wealth. Nevertheless, it is important to see the drive toward a supposedly “multicultural” global commercial culture, global economic development and a harmonized, supposedly “democratic” system of global governance for what it really is: an attempt to erase just about everything that makes us human and that makes human life worthwhile.

To do so, we first have to learn to see it for what it is—by cutting through all of the buzzwords, the marketing hype, the pseudoscientific shibboleths and mumbo-jumbo. Then we have to learn to evaluate it: if it is efficient, then by what measure, and who stands to benefit from its efficiency? Efficiency as a euphemism for corporate profitability shouldn’t fool us. Efficiency is a measure that relates productivity (output) to labor and resource inputs; it is meaningless unless we understand all the implications of these inputs and outputs.

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