[FoRK] beware inevitability! a foil to the technologicalsingularity?

Justin Mason jm
Fri Oct 14 17:00:31 PDT 2005

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Lucas Gonze writes:
> Robert Harley wrote:
> >Methinks that in the end of the day, the
> >prosperity of the EEC played a bigger hand than any threat of MAD, but
> >that's a post for anyther day.
> >  
> Also the fact that the USSR couldn't sustain the totalitarian economy 
> even within Russia.  In the US this was not acknowledged, I think 
> because anti-communist politics had choked off the flow of reality. 

from the transcript of episode 2 of Adam Curtis' "Power of Nightmares":

  'MELVIN GOODMAN , Head of Office of Soviet Affairs CIA, 1976-1987: I
  think probably one of the greatest myths in America, in the political
  discourse now, right now, is that actions of the American government
  were responsible for the collapse of the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union
  collapsed like a house of cards because it was a house of cards. It
  rotted away from within. The economy was rotten, the political process
  was rotten, they had developed a central government that was no longer
  believed by people outside of Moscow, there was total cynicism
  throughout the Soviet system of governance, there was no real civil
  society. But the Reagan Administration and their - the minions of the
  Reagan Administration, will tell you that Afghanistan led to the
  collapse of the Soviet Union itself - the collapse of the Berlin Wall in
  1989, the collapse of the East European empire. We were saying that this
  was entirely fanciful. And the United States missed all of this, because
  they believed their own myths and their own fanciful notions. They had
  become their own victims of their own lies.'


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