I really don’t care about your personal carbon footprint. I mean, please do try to lower it, because that’s a good thing to do, but fussing and guilt-tripping over one’s individual contribution to climate change is neither an intellectually nor a morally serious response to a global systemic crisis.
When Michael Young, a British sociologist, coined the term meritocracy in 1958, it was in a dystopian satire. [...] Today, however, we’ve almost finished installing such a system, and we have embraced the idea of a meritocracy with few reservations, even treating it as virtuous. That can’t be right. Smart people should feel entitled to make the most of their gift. But they should not be permitted to reshape society so as to instate giftedness as a universal yardstick of human worth.
Trying to fix a profoundly anchored cultural way of thinking and acting with yet another manifesto (cache) restricted to tech and open source is being blind to what is happening at a larger scale.