This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

Technology and heredity

We can say that the machine has played a significant role in destroying heredity in the West. Since Europe never really formulated an official caste system but rather arranged itself along the lines of a functional hierarchy wherein the vast majority of individuals pursued a trade or craft, it was the transmission of these crafts that connected generations and stabilized heredity and the social order that is built upon it. With the industrial revolution, which not only abolished the need for craftsmen but also made men interchangeable and able to work in one field or another without much difference, there soon became nothing to transmit except a general set of technical skills that were, by and large, accessible to anyone. Hence the possibility of a public school system, a system that could only be imagined within the context of the modern machine-based world.

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