This is one very well worded and sizeable philosophers whine. Alas, the glories of Rome are past!
Meta: This sort of approach was dealt with in the Tiny Thinker article below. It's just an index to your mentality. I mean I begin by telling you its my best article so you dismissing by calling it a "long whine." That tells the discerning reader more about you than it does about me.
Anon:I couldn't disagree more with the foundational presuppositions in this work,
meta: So its a good whine all around right?
clearly it is written by someone who's never worked in or understood the corporate environment, specialization, risk-reward, and the benefits to society. The failures of civilization are errantly blamed on society's lack of appreciation for, and the lower status of philosophical thought in the hierarchy. It whines about the lack of freedom to think because we are dependent upon the need to produce. Yet, production, progress, specialization, is the very means that ultimately frees us to Think by producing enough prosperity that the basic needs of society are met ultimately freeing men from their labors. The failures to do so are moral failures not structural ones. Oh, and some people actually find meaning and satisfaction in their specialization, even on a machine shop floor.
Meta: So in other words, you want to privilage your experinces and position to the extet that no one else lives in socieity or has a right to critqiue it. Unless you've been in the fray, blah blah. Well, that's just sure unless you have sweated in the sun picking cotton,you just don't know what life is all about.
As to the argument that production frees us from drugery, yes, that is very. I think addressed taht (one might try clsoe reading of the text). It's not that production is the bugbier in and of itself. We are cut off from a relationship with the overall process of production. We fit into the equasion as overhead if we are wrokers, and comodity if we are management. We are given a jaundiced sense of life because we befcome the comodity sold to manufacturers. Like a tv audience. You may think tv works by selling air time, it really works by selling audience to those who buy air time.
So I dont' want to spend my days gelaning wheat or building a sod house without power or transforport either. But there should be some middle range of life experience other than either being stuck in the horse and buggy days and responsible for the total process of production, form killing the cow to tanning the hide to showing the boots, or being a commodity on a supermarket shelf and being unable to use my free time for anything but tv viewing.
I deny that the hazy sentiment for the "good old days" is on that article like you think it is. I don't think you carfully.
Anon:Yes, the philosopher is dependent upon the producers and no, Utopia and the Second Coming haven't happened yet.
Meta: Are you even a believer?
why respond so negativley to an article that tries to put the reader on to the forgotten works of a great mind, and which seeks to reaise questions about ethics and modern community? Why is that such a threat to you. It striking a nerve?
BTW Maslow said we can't consider our higher needs until we provide our lower ones. He didn't say we hsould never consider our higher needs,.
the real disspointment is that no one seesm to have gotetn the upshot of hte article which was it's affect upon Christianity. We have cut off society for the itnellectual heritage of the chruch so that's why atheists are asking things like "what cuased God?" Because the education of a vast body of Christain thought has been lost to our society due to this one-dimensionalization.