Monday, November 18, 2013

The Factory

MOOC

The factory imposes a regime of clocks, timetables, and schedules. This replacement of the natural rhythms of day, season, and Sun has spread to every aspect of modern life. The first transportation time table seems to date from 1784.

A half century later British railroads agreed on Greenwich time and another half century later it was imposed on the whole country by law. Now the planet is synchronized to the microsecond and below.

Next: Collapse of the family and intimate community and their replacement by the market and the state.