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I write about technology, psychoanalysis, philosophy, design, ideology & Slavoj Žižek.

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December 13, 2010

Ryan vs. Kant

Is a man not entitled to the sweat of his brow?
No, says the man in Washington; it belongs to the poor.
No, says the man in the Vatican; it belongs to God.
No, says the man in Moscow; it belongs to everyone.
— Andrew Ryan, Bioshock

But on all sides I hear: “Do not argue!”
The officer says, “Do not argue, drill!”
The tax man says, “Do not argue, pay!”
The pastor says, “Do not argue, believe!”
— Immanuel Kant, What is Enlightenment?

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