Thursday, April 18, 2024

Futurist Alvin Toffler - Unanticipated Consequences

"The peculiar position we find ourselves in today challenges the old political assumptions that have been made by radicals of both Right and Left, that an elite is running things for its own advantage, against our best interests. That presupposes that the decisions being taken by an elite will actually bring about the results which they anticipate.
 A far greater danger to us lies not in the anticipated consequences of policies taken by elites but in the unanticipated consequences. In a time when an elite understands its society and knows how to play the game to its own advantage, then it makes sense to say they are doing us in deliberately for their own self-interest. Now the best you can say is they may do us in by mistake. Because they don't understand the system they're allegedly managing."

From interview by Charles Platt in "Dream Makers 2."

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