MACHINES VAST AND DELICATE

We have magneto trouble… We have involved ourselves in a colossal muddle, having blundered in the control of a delicate machine, the workings of which we not understand.

John Maynard Keynes, The Great Slump of 1930

The rulers of this most insecure of all worlds are rulers by accident. Inept, frightened pilots at the controls of a vast machine they cannot understand, calling in experts to tell them which buttons to push.

William S. Burroughs, Dead City Radio

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