FDR reads “Industrial Society and Its Future” (Speech Synthesis)

FDR reads “Industrial Society and Its Future” (Speech Synthesis)

The Industrial Revolution and its consequences
have been a disaster for the human race. They have greatly increased the life-expectancy
of those of us who live in “advanced” countries, but they have destabilized society,
have made life unfulfilling, have subjected human beings to indignities, have led to widespread
psychological suffering (in the Third World to physical suffering as well) and have inflicted
severe damage on the natural world. The continued development of technology will
worsen the situation. It will certainly subject human beings to
greater indignities and inflict greater damage on the natural world, it will probably lead
to greater social disruption and psychological suffering, and it may lead to increased physical
suffering even in “advanced” countries. The industrial-technological system may survive
or it may break down. If it survives, it MAY eventually achieve
a low level of physical and psychological suffering, but only after passing through
a long and very painful period of adjustment and only at the cost of permanently reducing
human beings and many other living organisms to engineered products and mere cogs in the
social machine. Furthermore, if the system survives, the consequences
will be inevitable: There is no way of reforming or modifying the system so as to prevent it
from depriving people of dignity and autonomy. If the system breaks down the consequences
will still be very painful. But the bigger the system grows the more disastrous
the results of its breakdown will be, so if it is to break down it had best break down
sooner rather than later. We therefore advocate a revolution against
the industrial system. This revolution may or may not make use of
violence; it may be sudden or it may be a relatively gradual process spanning a few
decades. We can’t predict any of that. But we do outline in a very general way the
measures that those who hate the industrial system should take in order to prepare the
way for a revolution against that form of society. This is not to be a POLITICAL revolution. Its object will be to overthrow not governments
but the economic and technological basis of the present society. In this article we give attention to only
some of the negative developments that have grown out of the industrial-technological
system. Other such developments we mention only briefly
or ignore altogether. This does not mean that we regard these other
developments as unimportant. For practical reasons we have to confine our
discussion to areas that have received insufficient public attention or in which we have something
new to say. For example, since there are well-developed
environmental and wilderness movements, we have written very little about environmental
degradation or the destruction of wild nature, even though we consider these to be highly

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  1. Ximik

    This how the Great Depression should have been solved

  2. Sebastian

    This would have made me like FDR.

  3. Proctor Sample

    The real green new deal.

  4. Cincy32

    This coronapocalypse wouldn't have happened if our boy Ted Z. called the shots. 💯

  5. Dingers5Days

    This one is really good dang

  6. Zachary Zipf

    You should do one where papa john reads this

  7. Nidhish Shivashankar

    Now this is juxtaposition. King Progressive meets Based Primate

  8. Erik Elmore

    The never before heard audio of FDR's speech to Congress of his original proposal to deal with the Depression, before it was toned down into the New Deal we know today.

  9. Chytry Okrutnik

    Is it only me or does he read words in parentheses with different intonation in 0:29? FDR is so far the best in my opinion.

  10. Smug Animu Girl

    "I've got a new deal for you…"

    *loads revolver

  11. Jake Alvarez

    Hello? Based department? Yes I would like to file a claim

  12. Joey Ro

    Roosevelt’s forgotten speech…

  13. Aquila Superbia

    what could've been

  14. Jeffrey Paul

    Do the General Zod speech from Man of Steel. Any of them.

  15. ANU

    Oh wow this new deal sounds amazing.

  16. ANU

    To bad FDR was a filthy Freemason that made America get involved in a war they should have had no part of and he is burning in hell right now.

  17. TheEmperorCho

    Have the Joker read "Industrial Society"

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