This is an era where the triumph of science, technology and technique prevails unceasingly. All this does not mean that we are in a science fiction or visionary world, but that, in the crude reality, science after having faithfully only served politics (the State) and economics (capital), has now become the driving force of the new productive and economic order.
Until the middle of the 20th century it provided the propaganda means (TV, radio, press), the repressive ones (weapons) to the State and the means of industrial production that reduced the workforce. From the middle of the last century onwards, the power of science has grown more and more to invade every aspect of our lives and through bio-nano technologies, of life itself.
The monopoly of truth seems to have made science all-powerful, as with the state its historic monopoly of violence.
Science, Church and State in the past have clashed in contending for power or for the division of powers. Now it is science and technology that determine and influence state policy and economic, social and repressive strategies: they are therefore not neutral.
Capitalism finances armies of technicians dedicated to research and creation of new products and “resources” manageable only by specialists, as well as products that once made available to the masses shape the world around us becoming “indispensable” and sometimes indestructible as nuclear power.
This process is as rapid as the growth of technology and has restricted individual freedom.
Algorithms decide the rhythms of production, large data collection servers, geolocation, applications reduce us to subjects/objects of consumption. If the restriction of freedom implemented in the past by the state and capital provoked fierce resistance from the exploited, this does not happen with science. In the collective imagination it remains neutral and, moreover, in the West, its products have increased the comfort and well-being of most people. In the face of this well-being, the lack of freedom, the exploitation of resources, the enslavement of entire populations, the unlivability of entire areas of the planet, the migrations due to war and climate change, are of no interest.
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