A Very Cold Precision

There’s something almost — cold?– about the word precision.  And there’s something cold (and worse) about empire.  Maybe it’s the juxtaposition of a post from Old Jules about empire with this from Hackaday in my feed, or maybe it’s knowing that the engine of empire hums on the broken wheels and gears of most people.  The power, especially over people, is a cold, precise machine.  At its coldest when its most precise?

If you’re interested in making things (particularly metal things), you’re on a road that eventually leads to machine tools. Machine tools have a special place in history, because they are basically the difference between subsistence farming and modern civilization. A bold statement, I realize — but the ability to make very precise things is what…

via The Precision Upon Which Civilizations Are Built — Hackaday

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