This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

NOTICE:
This Dark Age is now available in paperback on Amazon. The print version is MUCH cleaner than this online version, which is largely unedited and has fallen by the wayside as the project has grown. If you’ve appreciated my writing, please consider leaving a review on the relevant paperback volumes. The print edition also includes new sections (Military History, War Psychology, Dogmatic Theology).

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Machine, class, caste

We have mentioned that the proletariat is a completely new and artificial human type created by the industrial context. There are others, for example the individual who owns the machines and profits from them. The exploiter-exploited paradigm, which is for the most part a legitimate way of understanding industrial capitalism, is something that depends upon the machine for its existence. Without the machine, the unique relationship that is in question here could not exist. The machine, then, helps to create these artificial types, and this is where we see the birth of the ‘social class.’ Thus, we must make a distinction between the terms ‘caste’ and ‘class,’ the latter pertaining to one or the other of these artificial types that result from the modern context and can only exist for it.

The machine destroys the souls of men by robbing them of all of the qualitative benefits of their labor, even if in some respects it benefits the quantitatively through the efficient production of material wealth.

The machine not only creates a world, which man then populates in a subordinate way, but it creates a new type of man. Modern history is made not so much by man as by the technology he creates. What would World War II be without poison gas, machine guns, and the atomic bomb? This is not even to address the question of propaganda, which is made possible only by technology. The answer is that it would not have been too much different than historical conflicts, and Hitler himself would have been evil and would have accomplished evil deeds, but to a degree not much more severe than anyone before him. But thanks to technology, we are presented with a level of violence and inhumanity that would have been difficult to imagine prior to it happening.

Man has a capacity for evil. This has always been true and always will be. Technology creates a world wherein that potential is empowered and able to actualize itself on a global, catastrophic scale.

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