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ziq wrote

Since we're in the middle of a human-made mass extinction event that's collapsing ecosystems left and right, while the empire pumps out more waste than ever before to keep the assembly line going... yeah, regressed. Any minor gains are completely dwarfed by the permanent damage being done, literally destroying the future for profit.


DonaldSTapes wrote

This. For the first time in their entire history, humans have screwed up their own environment and put themselves at risk thanks to capitalism and its control mechanisms (nationstate).


leftous wrote

I would say regressed under the cloak of progression.

We're currently in a time where:

  • Many people have no idea how to take care of themselves - they are completely dependent on destruction and exploitation to survive
  • Time for humans to resist is running out as public and private money is pouring into AI and military technology. 'First world' workers may soon become obsolete, and facing against an automated army will be a lost cause for humanity.
  • Small concessions are made to placate and distract people - to delay any active resistance
  • The powerful have almost complete information control, and only a very small few are recognizing this and seeking out alternatives

That's just my take. Is it hopeless? I don't think so. But it certainly isn't progress.


MrPotatoeHead wrote

Technology is making life worse in that we may have created our own replacements for many, if not most, jobs. I do like the non-job threatening improvements such as safer cars, etc.


dele_ted wrote

The fact that we can automate basic tasks so well that they can replace jobs is not a bad thing. It's bad under capitalism, since it hurts the working class and benefits the owners of the means of production, but it holds lots of potential outside of capitalism.

"We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical. Our cleverness, hard and unkind." - Chaplin


Tequila_Wolf wrote

I'm not sure the idea of progress makes sense outside of racism and colonialism.