Written by Wendell Berry

I know that "technological progress" can be defended, but I observe that the defenses are invariably quantitative--catalogs of statistics of the ownership of automobiles and television sets, for example, or o­n the increase of life expectancy--and I see that these statistics are always kept apart from the related statistics of soil loss, pollution, social disintegration, and so forth.  That is to say, there is never an effort to determine the net result of this progress.  The voice of its defenders is not that of the responsible bookkeeper, but that of the propagandist.

Wendell Berry, in The Art of the Commonplace, p.72.

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