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Unless a civilization has some explanation for why things happen – even if its explanation is nine parts mystery to one part analysis – it cannot program lives effectively.  People, in carrying out the imperatives of their culture, need some reassurance that their behavior will produce results.  And this implies some answer to the perennial WHY.
   —  Alvin Toffler
From: “The Third Wave
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Marx, in the mid-nineteenth century, thought that whoever owned the tools and technology – the “means of production” – would control society.  He argued that, because work was inter-dependent, workers could disrupt production and seize the tool from their bosses.  Once they owned the tools, they would rule society.
Yet history played a trick on him.  For the very same inter-dependency gave even greater leverage to a new group – those who orchestrated or integrated the system.  In the end, it was neither the owners nor the workers who came to power.  In both capitalist and socialist nations, it was the integrators who rose to the top.
It was not ownership of the “means of production” that gave power.  It was control of the “means of integration”.
   —  Alvin Toffler
From his book: “The Third Wave
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We will only keep people from fleeing the countryside into urban favelas, villas miseries, shantytowns and squatter villages when the productivity gap is closed between what brute labor on the soil can accomplish and what advanced technology makes possible today – and will make possible tomorrow.
  — Alvin Toffler
From his book: “Future Shock
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The American middle class is shrinking and it’s technology that’s causing it.  It’s not all bad.  The gains in efficiency begotten by automation have been great for productivity.  And productivity means progress.  It always has.  Since the Industrial Revolution began around 1760, new technologies have been stealing jobs, and since 1760, people have responded by finding or inventing new jobs that contemporary technologies couldn’t do.
It’s a good system — in the long term, everyone benefits from technological progress, and while the workers losing their jobs in the interim might feel a bit miffed, people have always found a way to bounce back into an ever-adapting economy.  Besides, if machines can do something better than people can, it would be senseless to ignore such utility and hold back progress for fear of a few temporarily lost jobs.
Unfortunately for today’s average worker, finding or inventing a new job is harder than it once was.  When economists look back, they see that it was around 1999 when something changed.  Productivity kept going up, but where in the past median household income and employment per capita would have also hitched along, they instead diverged.  Median household income is on a steep decline, employment isn’t bouncing back strongly after the Great Recession, and a greater percentage of Americans now identify themselves as “lower class” than at any point in history.
   —  Colin Wood
[From the article: “The Uncertain Future Of Work” appearing in the magazine “Government Technology“, April 2014.
The article can be found online at: http://www.govtech.com/products/Robots-Drones-and-the-Uncertain-Future-of-Work.html
And, no, I don’t believe technology is “causing” it (the shrinking of the American middle class).  Greed and an economic system which has corrupted the political system and which is debasing the educational system is the “cause”.  But, hey, I’m just a liberal democrat, so what do I know…  Right?   —  KMAB]
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You’ve got to think about big things while you’re doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction.
  — Alvin Toffler
From his book: “Future Shock
[And Happy Birthday to my sister, Carmen!  It’s a special one, which will go unstated for the rest of the world!!  Inshallah, there will be many more to come…   Love, Kevin  —  KMAB]
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For the first time, we have an index of change.  If you’ve had many changes in your life within a short time, this places a great challenge on your body…  An enormous number of changes within a short period might overwhelm its coping mechanisms.
It is clear that there is a connection between the body’s defenses and the demands for change that society imposes.  We are in a continuous dynamic equilibrium…  Various ‘noxious’ elements, both internal and external, are always present, always seeking to explode into disease.  For example, certain viruses live in the body and cause disease only when the defenses of the body wear down.  There may well be generalized body defense systems that prove inadequate to cope with the flood of demands for change that come pulsing through the nervous and endocrine systems.
 —  Commander Ransom J. Arthur
Former head of the U.S. Navy Medical Neuropsychiatric Research Unit at San Diego
(quoted by Alvin Toffler in his book: “Future Shock“)
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The control of knowledge is the crux of tomorrow’s worldwide struggle for power in every human institution.
 — Alvin Toffler
From his book: “Future Shock
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It is better to err on the side of daring than the side of caution.
  —  Alvin Toffler
From his book: “Future Shock
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