Social science research often appears to produce a situation in which a medical doctor tries to diagnose a patient’s symptoms from around the corner and out of sight. The social scientist uses his ‘instruments’ to measure the response of the patient as though they were a kind of long stethoscope. The focus of the researcher has been on developing a better and better stethoscope for going around corners and into houses when the real need is for the researcher to walk around the corner, into the house and begin talking with the people who live there.
This little essay is a great declaration of war; and regarding the sounding out of idols, this time they are not just idols of the age, but eternal idols, which are here touched with a hammer as with a tuning fork: there are no idols that are older, more assured, more puffed-up — and none more hollow
A whole kingdom, the while globe itself, will become a gymnasium, in which every man exercises himself before the eyes of every other man. Every gesture, every turn of limb or feature, in those whose motions have a visible impact on the general happiness, will be noticed and marked down.
If people all had wonderful memories and were all lawful, and information flowed rapidly from person to person, money could take the form of nothing more than common knowledge of people’s entitlements.