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Saganic Sagacity (and Prescience) September 20, 2021

Posted by geoff in News.

Carl Sagan, writing some 25 years ago:

I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time — when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.


1. geoff - September 23, 2021

Apparently this quote made the rounds in some internet circles four years ago, but I think it’s more true now, in the Age of COVID, than ever before.

2. jam2 - September 23, 2021

Clutching the talisman of the Mask.

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