Betwixt Tyranny and Freedom; If We Choose Collectivism over Liberty, Darkness Will Spread
Byline: Linden Blue and Herb London, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Thinking about the unthinkable is a phrase attributed to Herman Kahn, founder of the Hudson Institute. In the 1980s, Kahn wrote that it was essential to think seriously about nuclear war - in order to have the best chance of avoiding it. Nuclear war was and is an existential issue brought about by the structural change in our ability to manipulate the atom.
Now structural changes in world economics and technology and the leverage of terror are bringing about new existential challenges. Information is available worldwide at the speed of light. (There are 4.5 billion cell phones in the world today.) Moore's law (the exponential growth in computing power), the prospect of unlimited energy and the unlimited potential of free people to be creative allow dramatic improvements in the human condition.
It is important to think about these possibilities just as we must think about the …
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Publication information: Article title: Betwixt Tyranny and Freedom; If We Choose Collectivism over Liberty, Darkness Will Spread. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Washington Times (Washington, DC). Publication date: September 2, 2010. Page number: B01. © 2009 The Washington Times LLC. COPYRIGHT 2010 Gale Group.
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