[The Imaginative Conservative on why Tocqueville has a better understanding of technology - by enowning on Oct 21, 2011 9:29 PM
Commenting on the sources of poetic imagination in Democracy in America, Tocqueville observed that the European image of America is that of the untouched wilderness. But Americans themselves hardly see the forests before they have felled them to make lumber.
The technological view does not see the forest as a forest before it resolves it into its constituent parts to be unlocked and put to productive use. Where Heidegger would prophesy catastrophe, Americans saw the image of human conquest, and so of human liberation. In the vision of putting nature to our use we see the image of modern liberty.]
From Hiroshima & Nagasaki to Saddam, Osama, and Gaddafi, America has been fighting anti-evolutionary agents with remarkable foresight and considerable sacrifice. Domestic political opinion has not been always appreciative, but the overall bias for democracy has served the nation well. Rupee at Fifty is a substantial fall for us Indians, but it's hard to resist to say three cheers for American innovation. [Posted from my iPhone, TNM55]