Technology and the New State of Nature

Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage’s whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from man.” — Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead I. The Philosophies of Nature and the State Society, social contract theorists argue, breeds security. By establishing a government, one injects some rigidity into the civic landscape. In the untamed wilds of anarchic space, man is free to transgress…

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