Democratic Theory and Technological Society

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POLITICAL IMAGINATION IN A TECHNICAL AGE*

Willem H. Vanderburg

If the roles modern science and technology play in shaping our modern world are both fundamental and decisive, I would expect them to be the focus of a great deal of political imagination. Yet this does not appear to be the case. Despite the fact that science and technology are human creations, their development is typically treated as something close to an independent variable in present-day human and social evolution. Whether this situation results from a profound belief that this strategy will usher in a better world for us all, create a true socialism, lead to a revitalization of democracy, or whether it is considered the only "realistic" option (because if we do not take advantage of this or that new technical possibility the Russians or Japanese will, and ...) makes no real difference. The result in each case is that political creativity and imagination is withdrawn from modern science and technology.1

I am not denying that problems and issues related to the influence science and technology have on society receive considerable attention. Individuals and groups constantly demand that governments take action, but at the same time there is a profound skepticism that much will come of it. The fact that so many human activities today are directly or indirectly regulated and controlled by the state and other large institutions, the influence of power elites, and the ideological implications of modern science and technology, unquestionably make genuine democratic political action difficult. This is all the more reason, however, to treat the widespread skepticism about the possibility of genuinely effective political activity as a phenomenon of great significance. Governments come and go, and with them hopes wax and wane, public opinion oscillates, but there is a sense that underneath it all flows a fundamental current that keeps moving in the same direction.

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