Device Segment 9: Tyranny as Teacher

You cannot order someone to be spontaneous – not if you want to make sense. When a state or corporation or institution tries to make people think in a certain way, it usually fails. Yet often, there are other more perverse outcomes: all unacknowledged intentions at last reveal themselves in action. Institutions may be laughable in their efforts to purposefully invade our thinking, but they are very good at doing it by accident.

Nothing breeds democracy so well as the experience of injustice. Undeserved privilege, casual cruelty and tyranny are the teachers of democracy.

There may be no other way to learn.

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