Or, will the ideology behind it, simply descend into a zero sum game of big power Tech rivalry on a par with 19th Century great power rivalries?
Much of the story of the first state-building civilizations, understanding that people are a resource when organized and put to work, is that some balance between slavery and half-freedom rests at its foundation.
Sooner or later, loneliness and isolation are bound to have political effects. The masses supporting totalitarian movements, says Arendt, grew “out of the fragments of a highly atomized society whose competitive structure and concomitant loneliness of the individual had been held in check only through membership in a class.”
It is clear that even were the classic liberal Establishment to win in the November election, U.S. no longer has claim to path-find a New World Order.