Originally Posted By: Greger

Seneca the Younger wrote:
“ It is a mistake to imagine that slavery pervades a man's whole being; the better part of him is exempt from it: the body indeed is subjected and in the power of a master, but the mind is independent, and indeed is so free and wild, that it cannot be restrained even by this prison of the body, wherein it is confined.”



Well, we have certainly made great progress since Seneca's day!

The techniques of the mass info-tainment media, government propaganda, religion, "public relations," advertising, subliminal manipulation, etc. etc. now make it possible to bend the minds of modern "consumer-units" [George H. W. Bush's phrase] to whatever shape is desired, as easily as a Roman slave-master bent the bodies of his slaves to his will.

Oh, and by the way, how is libertarianism going to deal with this aspect of the modern world? ;\)



Edited by numan (05/23/09 05:28 PM)
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