A Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Human Spirit: The Luddites Revisited

A talk by my dad, Butler Shaffer


I think this is my favorite of all of my dad's talks. I was there when he gave it, nearly 20 years ago, at a time when the post-9/11 authoritarianism was still fresh, still even felt like maybe it could be temporary. Surely people wouldn't just come to accept this as their "new normal", right? 

My dad's words here are as poignant as ever. This is audio only - if I can find a video version, I'll post it here.