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Improving Our Standard of Living : The Science, Politics, and Economics of Global Betterment

By: Wesley Krug

... Chapter 45: Is Futurism Religion? Chapter 46: Where’s My Flying Car? Chapter 47: Failed Predictions Chapter 48: Computers Chapter 49: Shrinking Machines Chapter 50: Virtual Reality Chapter 51: Singularity Chapter 52: Dissemination of Innovation Chapter 53: Technological Unemployment Chapter 54: Life Extension Chapter 55: How to Fix the World Chapter 56: How Yo...

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Considerations on Representative Government

By: John Stuart Mill

...f scale being allowed for) as they would upon a steam plow, or a threshing machine. T o these stand opposed another kind of political reasoners, who a... ...ical reasoners, who are so far from assimilating a form of government to a machine, that they regard it as a sort of spontaneous prod uct, and the sc... ...adopt it. On the other hand, it is also to be borne in mind that political machinery does not act of itself. As it is first made, so it has to be work... ...ead of a security against misgovernment, is but an additional wheel in its machinery. Besides these moral hindrances, mechanical difficulties are 10 ... ... independent, or held together by a loose tie like the feudal: because the machinery of authority was not perfect enough to carry orders into effect a... ...he power which is to keep the engine going must be sought for outside the machinery; and if it is not forthcoming, or is insufficient to surmount the... ...ore propriety, since there is no part of public business in which the mere machinery, the rules and con trivances for conducting the details of the o... ...f government, their good qualities supply the moving force which works the machinery. This leaves, as the other con stituent element of the merit of ... ...her con stituent element of the merit of a government, the quality of the machinery itself; that is, the degree in which it is adapted to take advant...

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Autobiography

By: John Stuart Mill

... to me by making me, in this portion of my activity, merely one wheel in a machine, the whole of which had to work together. As a speculative writer, ... ...e that the description so often given of a Benthamite, as a mere reasoning machine, though extremely inapplicable to most of those who have been desig... ...ved in the practicability, nor in the beneficial operation of their social machinery, I 97 John Stuart Mill felt that the proclamation of such an ide... ...repelled from Mr. Hare’s plan by what they think the complex nature of its machinery. But any one who does not feel the want which the scheme is inten...

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