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toxic waste could be dumped next door to elementary schools, and every American family could import an indentured servant (or two),
paying them with meals instead of money.
Much like the workings of the market, technology is just one means toward an end, not something to be celebrated for its own sake. The
Titan II missiles built at the Lockheed Martin plant northwest of Colorado Springs were originally designed to carry nuclear warheads. Today
they carry weather satellites into orbit. The missiles are equally efficient at both tasks. There is nothing inexorable about the use of such
technology. Its value cannot be judged without considering its purpose and likely effects. The launch of a Titan II can be beautiful, or horrific,
depending upon the aim of the missile and what it carries. No society in human history worshipped science more devoutly or more blindly
than the Soviet Union, where “scientific som” was considered the highest truth. And no society has ever suffered so much environmental
devastation on such a massive scale.
The history of the twentieth century was dominated by the str...
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- Spring '08