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Is it true that a technological society has to weaken family ties and local communities if it is to function efficiently?

Kaczynski himself may or may not be a conservative, but "the breakdown of traditional values" is something conservatives keep fear-mongering about, and they keep asserting that this is ...
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Is it true that a technological society has to weaken family ties and local communities if it is to function efficiently?

I cannot really make out a question in the body of OP's post, so I assume all of that is just meant as context of what this question (in the title) is about. I also am not familiar with the ramblings ...
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Is it true that a technological society has to weaken family ties and local communities if it is to function efficiently?

While this is hard to give an objective answer to, I'll give some thoughts. As far as I can tell, Ted Kaczynski seems to believe that we like to act in our self-interest. Communities arise from mutual ...
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Exploring philosophy behind "Catch-22" novel: individual in war

It is worth contrasting what people say, with what they do. It's actually difficult to get people to shoot to kill, with estimates between 25% & 75% of soldiers only willing to do this. In human ...
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Is it true that a technological society has to weaken family ties and local communities if it is to function efficiently?

There's an interesting online book, Meaningness and Time by David Chapman, about people's ways of relating to meaning through history and the concomitant structures of the self. Chapman's model is ...
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Are some narratives worse than death?

Many people judge their end-of-life suffering to be worse than death. This has led some jurisdictions to allow for medical assistance in dying. The Supreme Court of Canada even concluded that ...
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Was John Stuart Mill really influenced by the romantics?

Biographical sources confirm that young Mill was influenced by romantic thinkers, like Coleridge. See J.S. Mill: Life: "Mill suffered, aged twenty, a “mental crisis”.Though such episodes were to ...
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What is the difference between a "human being" and an "individual"?

I mean in the end it's probably just preference of the author and where you place the priority. Like both terms could be used to describe a person with some level of abstraction and distance. Though &...
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What is the difference between individualism and collectivism, in simple terms?

One of the core problematics of political philosophy and social theory is the dynamic relationship between the individual and the community. Almost everyone will agree that the aim of a community is ...
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Are there any flaws in reasoning that collectivism can apply within a capitalist economy?

There can be different responses to your question, depending on which definition from the Oxford dictionary you go with. Based on the first definition: "The practice or principle of giving a ...
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What is John Locke's basic idea of individuality?

You are comparing across the centuries two philosophers with different preconceptions. But I think I detect the core of your question; I offer the following answer. Textual references are to ...
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What is the value of the individual in Marx's writing?

Certainly the individual was important to Marx. He wrote an essay at the age of 16, I believe, taking a position against human degradation, so I think this was a life motif for Marx, and a guiding ...
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What is the value of the individual in Marx's writing?

I don't interpret Marx as reducing the importance of the individual. His focus is certainly on the collection of individuals, but as such it is formed by individuals uniting. In his understanding, ...
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According to Stirner, are other humans "spooks"?

Invoking the diction 'ego' is to many to invoke psychology, or at least Freudian thinking, if you reject the latter is the former. Yet, Max Stirner is recognized in his book The Ego and Its Own as ...
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How would Nietzsche metaphorically apply the concept of a 'mind control parasite' to human philosophy, in relation to the will to power?

Although Nietzsche uses the term 'leeches' and 'vampires', this isn't in the context of a 'mind control parasite'. And whilst he also uses the term 'parasite', he certainly doesn't ascribe it powers ...
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Is it true that a technological society has to weaken family ties and local communities if it is to function efficiently?

You may be interested in the book The WEIRDest People in the World: How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar and Particularly Prosperous by Joseph Henrich (2020). The author basically claims that ...
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Is it true that a technological society has to weaken family ties and local communities if it is to function efficiently?

Yes, but for different reasons. Social ties are certainly weakened in modern, technological societies. We have seen, in just a few generations, a dramatic reduction of family sizes from multiple ...
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Are some narratives worse than death?

Kant's narrative of radical evil, as contrasted with diabolical evil, might be read along such a line. He says that we empirical human beings are capable of radical but not diabolical evil, since the ...
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Do general "oughts" imply "cans"?

Presumably, a general "ought" implies a general "can," or then an ought-of-type-X implies a can-of-type-X if any. "Someone, anyone ought to do it," then means, "...
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Is it true that a technological society has to weaken family ties and local communities if it is to function efficiently?

I scanned the other answers (not comments) and thought these brief and relevant to the discussion. "Technological society" defined: "The chief complaint that sets existentialism over ...
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Is it true that a technological society has to weaken family ties and local communities if it is to function efficiently?

While I hesitate to respond to a quote of an angry, murderous person, Galileo said he could learn from anyone, so... Given human nature hasn't changed in 10,000+ years, traditional family values have ...
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How do classical liberals reconcile individualism with nationalism?

Even before you'd go into the philosophy of these different people it might occur to you that the group "Locke and Hayek, Friedman" is not particularly useful when talking about the relation ...
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How can one reconcile individual and social interests?

Can you narrow that down a little? The thing is forming groups has major benefits for the individual. Due to synergy effects it usually enables them to get more done, with less effort and yield bigger ...
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How would Nietzsche metaphorically apply the concept of a 'mind control parasite' to human philosophy, in relation to the will to power?

This question obviously is highly speculative, but I think it can be answered with a certain degree of certainty. Firstly, in what sense is the moral slave parasitic? I think it is best answered when ...
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What is the value of the individual in Marx's writing?

What is the value of the individual in Marx's writing? Very obviously, Marx put emphasis on changes to, and the value of, society. But, in his writing, is he doing away with the value of the ...
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Are there any flaws in reasoning that collectivism can apply within a capitalist economy?

The Soviet Union,and other socialist societies such as the current North Korean regime and National Socialist Germany, legitimised their crimes by referring to collectives like the proletariat or the ...
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