When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing – When you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors – When you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you – When you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice – You may know that your society is doomed.
— Any Rand, Atlas Shrugged
Steve Wozniak speaks on the right to repair your equipment.
I wouldn’t want to work on anything I didn’t want to take over my life.
— Paul Graham, A Project of One’s Own
In social networks, the function of ‘friends’ is primarily to heighten narcissism by granting attention, as consumers, to the ego exhibited as a commodity.
— Byung-Chul Han, The Burnout Society, p. 43