The Philosophy of Deus Ex: Does Paranoia Have Its PURPOSE? – Wisecrack Edition
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The Philosophy of Deus Ex: Does Paranoia Have Its PURPOSE? – Wisecrack Edition

August 17, 2019


Hey Wisecrack, Jared here. Today, we’ve got a favorite among the Wisecrack
staff. The tale of humans picked for experimental
augmentations, to find out what happens when people stop being polite and start getting
real. At first look, the Deus Ex franchise is a
kind of wet dream for InfoWars enthusiasts: murderous plots by the Illuminati are carried
out by world governments, while the player traverses FEMA camps and discovers the truth
behind fake news. But unlike certain performance artists — “AHHHH!” — Deus Ex’s forays into conspiracy serve
as more than just a means to sell dietary supplements. The game reveals how paranoia informs more
of society’s decisions that we’d like to admit, and serves as a cautionary tale
for the dangers of technology-to-come. But there are no gay frogs. Sorry, internet. “I don’t like them putting chemicals in the
water that turn the friggin’ frogs gay!” Welcome to this Wisecrack Edition on Deus
Ex. This video was made in collaboration with
our buddy, Joseph, over at Real Life Lore. You can learn more about his channel and check
out his related video and the end of this one. And if you’re here visiting from Real Life
Lore, welcome and be sure to subscribe. And spoilers ahead, for all the games. The Deus Ex series asks two basic questions:
1) What would it mean for society if we could all become cyborgs with Jax-arms? And 2) What does the premise that every conspiracy
theory is true mean for the real world? And before we get into the ethics of skull-guns
and neural enhancement, we have to put on our tinfoil hats. There is no shortage of conspiracy theories
in the Deus Ex series. In the original game, a splinter organization
of the Illuminati called Majestic-12 produces a nanite virus called “The Grey Death”
as a means to consolidate their power. “Why contain it? Let it spill over to the schools, and churches,
let the bodies pile up in the streets. In the end, they’ll beg us to save them.” As producers of the only cure for the disease
as well, they can easily manipulate others, while capitalizing off of the disorder wrought
by it. “The Grey Death is a manmade disease. Everyone up to the president is at UNATCO’s
mercy as long as UNATCO controls the supply of ambrosia.” In the sequel, Invisible War, the Illuminati
controls two of the most influential groups in the world: The World Trade Organization,
and The Order, a religious organization opposed to the WTO. By managing the conflict between these two
factions, the Illuminati is better able to control the world. Finally, in the new prequels, we see the Illuminati
attempt to limit human augmentation, since having a bunch of engineered superhumans running
around isn’t really great for the whole “compliant population” thing they’re
going for. If there is one thread that has run through
the sometimes vastly different games in the series, it’s paranoia. Not only is there the conspiracy paranoia,
but also paranoia directed at so-called “outsiders” and “others.” “Damn, Clank! Why don’t you watch where you’re going?“ Ultimately the games reveal the profound power
of paranoia and that it doesn’t matter whether the paranoia points to truth or not. Paranoia, independent of truth, shapes our
actions, and ultimately, society. Early on in the original game, Gunther, your
cyborg coworker who yearns for a skull-gun, is convinced that the facilities staff is
replacing orange soda in the vending machines with lemon-lime in an inane and unlikely conspiracy
against him. “The machine would not make a mistake.” “It’s the maintenance man. He knows I like orange.” “So, you think the staff has some kind of
plot?” “Yes. They do that on purpose.” Except, 20 years later in the game’s sequel,
it’s revealed in the ruins of Gunther’s office that he was right all along. “Denying people their natural born rights
to choose their own artificially-flavored destinies. Like I said, something’s wrong with that
machine…” “Probably some sort of office politics.” As if to foreshadow the entire rest of the
game, this idea of “just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not after
you” becomes the main ethos of Deus Ex. In Mankind Divided, colleagues spin wild tales
of getting hacked, which turn out to be true — “We have a lot of enemies. The people who bombed the train station, you
don’t think they’d love to know where we are? You need to help me figure out who’s looking
into us and make them stop.“ Others suspect a police cover up of a bombing,
“They’re probably destroying all the evidence there is right now!” Also true. “Well, I was right.” Even you, the player, must navigate who to
trust. Your old-time boss, David Sarif? Pilot Alex Vega? Your new boss at Interpol, who may or may
not be working for the Illuminati? At every point, the game undermines your trust
in others: as you hack into the emails of your coworkers, install listening devices,
and get ambushed by enemies who were tipped off about your arrival. Hell, even the suicide cult that wants to
merge with computers in Mankind Divided turn out to be only a few years off from being
right: JC Denton manages to do this with Helios at the end of the original Deus Ex. So, why does Deus Ex make a point to validate
even the most far-fetched ideas? It could be, in part, to tell a greater message
about how paranoia works in the real world. People who are paranoid often don’t invent
things out of nothing, but instead take interpretive leaps when over-analyzing the data presented
to them. “Well, if you thought he was high-strung before,
the attack only made him more manic. He’s making connections that no one sees,
and some that may or may not be there.” But rather than dismissing this kind of paranoia
as mere delusion, Deus Ex runs with it. Is a man rambling in the sewers about mind
control right? “I was part of it, the – the – the hive mind. Inside the gate. I … questioned. What holds us together? Where? Why?” Unequivocally, yes. “You mean your attempt to control people. Amplifying your hypnotic techniques with some
kind of social enhancer.” This brings me to one of Mankind Divided’s
most important commentaries: tracing the relationship between general paranoia and racial paranoia. Augmented humans, as a metaphor for racial
discrimination, isn’t exactly subtle. As a mechanically augmented Interpol agent,
you face harassment from the citizens of Prague — “F**king augs.” — and literally
live on the wrong side of the tracks as you witness routine police brutality inflicted
on your augmented peers. To understand what fuels this discrimination,
we’re turning to cigar enthusiast and psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan. Or at least, what the Slovenian Dumbledore
writes about him. And for Slavoj Zizek, our paranosid theories
often reflect on our own identities, ideologies, and shortcomings, rather than the actual state
of things. For instance, he cites a story from Lacan
regarding a jealous husband, who, even if right that his wife is sleeping around, is
still pathologically jealous. If she stays late at work, he’ll pathologically
assume she’s being unfaithful. If she starts having male friends, same thing. As a development of this logic, Zizek cites
Nazi anti-Semitism: if a Jewish person committed a crime, it could very well be true, but the
fixation on Jewish crime spoke more to German paranoia about foreigners and pure blood than
to any kind of real issue. In other words, crime is just crime until
a Jewish person commits it, then it becomes part of the grand Jewish conspiracy to ruin
the German race, and so on. You can look at conspiracy theories in the
same light. Are most laws made in closed-door meetings
with lobbyist and interest groups? Probably. Are they all part of a secret cult to serve
their reptilian overlords?? Probably not. Likewise, in Deus Ex, anti-augmentation advocates
filter all information through the lens that augmented people are dangerous and possibly,
an affront to nature. Talking heads use terrorism or the catastrophic
“aug-incident,” where augmented people were hacked into going into a homicidal rage,
to justify Apartheid-style oppression of augmented people. This discrimination then fuels even more violence,
thus making augmented paranoia a self-fulfilling prophecy. “Everyone looking over their shoulder, terrified
augs like us are going to attack them again.” “Somebody probably will. Treat people like animals long enough, and
they’ll start acting like animals.” The power of paranoia to shape public discourse
can be seen in Deus Ex. Eliza Cassan’s defense of news coverage
meant to spread fear towards the augmented is just “reporting the news.” “But Ms. Akim, news outlets are simply reporting
on the current situation.” And even if the reporting is true, her guest
points out: “You can choose to only show my shoe, which is very ugly, but that is only
a small part of me. News outlets only care about a small part. I’m sorry, Ms. Cassan, but you can’t trust
the news outlets if you want to understand the world.” The “aug debate” in the news functions
on two levels. 1. As Akim points out, to only report on the
negative aspects of augmented existence, and 2. To use augmented violence as a validation
for your larger ideological project: in this case, the Human Restoration Act – a bill that
would either remove or severely limit the augmentations that people have. Of course, unlike real-world news, Picus’
news coverage is dictated by the Illuminati, “Would they? I was engineered to monitor communications
and data streams. To find out what people are talking about
and make sure it’s being discussed correctly.” As they cover up evidence of water contamination
in Prague, and falsely report that a flight was taken down by an augmented terrorist — “In
yet another augmented terror attack, 251 passengers aboard Cista Airlines flight 451 were killed”
— rather than the truth that the plane was shot down by a military installation. “Plane went down because of whatever the military
was doing there, not because of some augmented passenger like Picus claims.” For Zizek, these paranoias don’t tell us
much about reality itself but instead shine light on the reality behind the paranoia. For Deus Ex, that reality is a carefully constructed
story meant to combat augmentation, so that the Illuminati can better control the population
for their pro-business purposes. But is there an even deeper truth to the way
paranoia operates in the game? While the real world, is not governed by the
Illuminati (depending on who you ask), one could argue that it is governed by the basic
principle which the Illuminati in Deus Ex understands: the state of exception. According to philosopher Giorgio Agamben,
there is a hidden law that lies behind both modern liberal democracies and the totalitarian
regimes of the 20th century: the exception. We’ve talked about this before in our Walking
Dead and Attack on Titan videos, but Deus Ex’s exploration is wholly unique. Agamben builds off the theory of sometimes
right but always-an-asshole Carl Schmitt, who argued that what defines sovereignty is
not the law, per se, but the ability to suspend the law – to make the exception. For Agamben, this suspension of law marks
all totalitarian regimes: the concentration camps were a physical space where normal law
was suspended for more than a decade: a state of exception. Whereas our modern liberal democracies aren’t
building death camps, the state of exception is an always-imminent component of modern
governance. Usually in the name of an national emergency,
or an existential threat, governments today regularly creates “zones of exception”
where the law no longer applies, or create classes of people who are “outside” the
normal functioning of the law, and thus, exist in this kind of exceptional state. Prisoners of war, protected by international
law, get replaced by enemy combatants, who get sent to GitMo, where regular US law doesn’t
apply. In Deus Ex, this logic seems implicit to the
conspiracy-theory favorite FEMA. In the name of managing emergencies, they
build detention camps for political prisoners and implement martial law. The segregated Utulek complex of Mankind Divided
presents a similar zone of exception. It resembles a mix of Apartheid-era South
Africa, Jewish ghettos, the Kowloon Walled City and modern day refugee camps. The player witnesses horrifying examples of
police brutality and augmented people who live in constant fear. All in the name of security. And when tensions boil over, such as when
an augmented rights activist is assassinated this civil unrest justifies even more repression. If the Illuminati wants to spread chaos, like
staging a train station bombing, it’s because they understand that chaos breeds people desiring
security, and when people desire security, it’s all the easier to suspend basic rights
and exert more authority. While we may think of chaos and order as opposites,
the game understands how they can become entangled in the modern world: Chaos is manufactured
in discrete ways in order for oppressive powers to maintain control. But besides illuminating – no pun intended
– how security operates even in our own non-Illuminati world, Deus Ex also uses the state of exception
as just one of its many criticisms of transhumanism. Transhumanism is the idea that technology
will help us overcome human limitations like disease and scarcity. Prosthetics, contact lenses, and in vitro
fertilization, are just stepping stones in the greater transhumanist project. Transhumanism is baked into the very idea
of human augmentation in Deus Ex, however, rather than blindly celebrating transhumanism,
it portends everything that could possibly go wrong. As the human race unlocks human potential
and mastery over nature, that technology becomes available to individuals and groups, and can
potentially fall into the wrong hands. Even augmentation technology, developed by
the Illuminati, soon escaped their control as private corporations entered the fray. This forced the Illuminati to change their
stance and oppose augmentation. “No. By going public with this discovery, Sarif
is forcing our hand.” Invisible War starts with a terrorist attack
that turns everything into a gray goo, and in Mankind Divided there exists an underground
market for augmentations, which is likely assisting both the good guys and bad guys. As such, the destructive potential of technology
often necessitates permanent states of emergencies and martial law that Agamben’s work was
critical of. Basically as technology gets too epic, the
government will have little problem convincing you that your rights have to be suspended
for the good of everyone. But it’s not just the state of exception
that’s a problem for the transhumanist future. JBS Haldane, one of the earliest thinkers
of transhumanism, warned in 1924 that society would have a hard time keeping pace with the
progress of technology. In “Daedalus; or, Science and the Future,”
he wrote that “..the tendency of applied science is to magnify injustices until they
become too intolerable to be borne, and the average man whom all the prophets and poets
could not move, turns at last and extinguishes the evil at its source.” In other words, technology will make social
injustices worse, until societal anger will boil over into a full-on rage. In Deus Ex, more often than not, the dangers
of technology are thrust upon the poor. Those who are augmented need to constantly
take Neuropozyne to stop their body from rejecting their augmentations, but those with means
can much more easily obtain the expensive drug. And, in the case of manual laborers or soldiers
who are augmented by their employers, — “Let me guess, most of the laborers were augmented
with heavy duty industrial rigs.” — or the government, — “Send you where they
want. Make you do what they want. Replace parts on you whenever and however
they want.” — they exist in a precarious state where
the maintenance of their augmentations is contingent on them maintaining the same or
similar job. Rather than suggesting that human evolution
through technology will level the playing field, Deus Ex suggests societal forces will
make inequality worse. And just as Haldane warns that this tension
will cause people to rise up and root out evil at its source, we see two competing movements
in the game focused on this same thing. In Human Revolution, The Humanity Front uses
violences to stop the spread of augmentation, and in Mankind Divided a legal solution exists
in the Human Restoration Act. Meanwhile, augmented people slowly entertain
violence as a political strategy, until the assassination of Talos Rucker results in full-on
riot. “You know word of Rucker’s death is going
to spread, don’t you? And when that happens, the head of state police
assures me Golem City will become a warzone.” Another idea trumpeted by some transhumanists
is the idea of the singularity a point at which artificial intelligence will explode
the rate of technological development. In the original Deus Ex, Bob Page hopes to
create his own twisted version of this by merging with the Helios AI, but instead, the
player is given the option to merge with Helios to rule the post-singularity world as a benevolent
dictator. “You will be who you will be. We are our choices. We can choose to move humanity away from this.” The game doesn’t necessarily put any kind
of judgment on this, but the solution still feels a bit icky. And afterwards, when the merger between JC
Denton and Helios doesn’t go as planned, the technological infrastructure of the world
collapses, and chaos envelops the world. “JC. The net’s going… the net’s going black!” The message is not-so-subtly found in the
name of the two AIs that usher in the singularity: Daedelus and Icarus. “We are Daedalus. We are Icarus. The barriers between us have fallen, and we
have become our own shadows.” According to legend, Daedalus was an Ancient
Greek inventor who invented man-made flight. His son, Icarus, plummets to his death after
using his invention and flying too close to the sun. The Collapse can be viewed in this light,
as a too-fast and too-reckless technological development that comes, metaphorically, crashing
down. “You don’t know what you’re doing. Everything will be lost. Everything! The world will fall to pieces!” Haldane believed the only hope is for morality
to keep pace with science. Deus Ex explores the moral questions inherent
in our technology-driven future. Is it right for companies to augment their
workers? Instead of asking this beforehand, the prevailing
logic in the game is: augment first, ask questions later. What about installing chips to limit a person’s
augmentation if they say, go on a homicidal rage? A brief debate may happen on live TV, while
legislators are trying to pass the bill, but companies have already developed the technology
before anyone decides whether this technology should even exist. Technology first, morality later. And that’s a recipe for disaster. In a way, Deus Ex is forcing us to ask these
questions. We can find Talos Rucker offering a robust
criticism of government’s limiting the abilities of the augmented. And even though we’re a bit far from Jax-arms,
the games can make us question the technological progress in our own world. “Usually a humanitarian disaster like this
would get a lot of press and foreign aid, but given that these are augmented people…” Social media has radically redefined how we
engage with the world, and we’ve only begun to ask questions about its influence, after
we suspect it has done something egregiously wrong. So, what do you think Wisecrack? Will art like Deus EX convince us to take
a critical look at technology before we decide to universally adopt it? Or are we diving head first into a nightmare? And one more question. In a world where people trying to secede in
places like Texas, Catalonia, and even California seems to be slowly getting more popular, the
original Deus Ex seems weirdly prophetic. There’s the National Secessionist Forces,
and Texas’ troubled attempt to leave The Union. But how would that actually work?

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  2. I loved the old deus ex being able to hack robots that would take all your inventory to take out was such a handy thing then they kill any enemy's to u and being able to blow open locked doors or a cabinet full of ammo if u didn't have the skill or hack/lockpicks to open it back in the day this was one of the most memorable games to me

  3. Assuming that most of the soundtrack for this video is pieces from the Deus Ex games. Can anyone tell me what the music suite from 12:50 is? Trying to find it

  4. great stories, great games. cyberpunk, noir and transhumanism are my favourite "ideas" so deus ex has always fascinated me

  5. You say limiting freedoms for the sake of increasing security as if it's always objectively bad and unnecessarily wrong. But what if it isn't? What if it actually improves more things than it harms?

  6. The Texas Secession movement was a joke from the word Go. All the hot air Greg Abbott spewed about Wastington's "Oppression" came to a halt as soon as Trump rigged the election with Russia. This was never about independence or liberty but control

  7. In the immortal words of Stanton Dowd:

    "Starting to think like us, huh? Be careful. Paranoia's a drug; you can get addicted."

  8. The problem is that certain species of frogs actually do turn gay when exposed to certain, readily used chemicals.

  9. Do philosophy of Rational Pessimism (rational suicide, antinatalism, etc) as per philosophers David Banatar and Arthur Schopenhauer, Sarah Perry, Thomas Liggotti, etc and one on the Rational Optimists (Steven Pinker, Matt Ridley, Julian Simon etc)

  10. If you people had Read or Listen to Robert Anton Wilson's Illmunaiti Chronicles and Encyclopedia of Conspiracies your observational plane in comprehending WHAT ARE conspiracies?

  11. Robert Anton Wilson – The Vatican / Cocaine / CIA connection
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q54xeCVFg8I&t=684s
    Operation Mindfuck – Robert Anton Wilson
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIs442IQR4U

  12. Augmented body parts will never be a huge blow out issue like it is in Deus Ex. Why? Because exo suits are easier to make, cost less, can by used by anyone, don't require a body part to be removed, and don't require expensive medication to survive.

  13. I'm so glad I did a "Kill Everyone" Approach to this game; after all, lies and secrets don't matter much when you're having fun killing everyone.

  14. i have to comment on the discourse of the video , narrator mentions media as a tool of manipulation in dues ex but fails to mention that this is in fact true , with every other example you draw parallels but in this regard you ignore it, the media is almost always a propaganda tool either continuously or unconsciously including yours

  15. The excuse of moralite is more often than not a excuse used by conservator to acert control over something they see as treatening. Should Bill Gates and Steve Jobs had asked for permission of the stabilished powers before revolutionaze the world? Where would we be without the progress of industrial revolution?

  16. Funny how many times he feels the need to explicitly mention the world isn't governed by the illuminati. Sure Jared, sure.

  17. look up atrazine, and try again. now wonder why bill hicks (it's a joke, or he's a joke, that's not the point) was ridiculed. you know the clip… hell, you know the song. but did you even try to look it up? now, am i paranoid? more like suspicious… for instance, i'm suspicious of anyone who just pop memes without even remotely trying to look into the possibility that what's being shunned might have validity. philosophy of… ? you're every bit the puppet that jones is. pseudo intellectual hacks.

  18. The gay frogs story has some truth to it for the record. Hes not saying it right. Its actually triggering an ability the frogs already possess to change gender. It's not a gay bomb like he alleges but the event hes referring to in his infamous quote basically happened.

  19. Before even watching this video…. yes. Paranoia has a purpose. It's good to keep a very small amount of paranoia, and ask "what are the chances… how likely is it". That way, it's like a spidy sense to allert you, when someones trying to fuck with you.

  20. actualy his claim was only in so far incorrect as the forgs change their sex completely(which works with ampebians appearently) and became actual females

  21. also augs are a bad example or such ebcause oyu first need to get augmented which as far as i understood is an actual thing you had to decide to.
    you can't decide to be a jew

  22. Actually, the Illuminati don't want to limit the human augmentation. They want to implement a chip that would allow them control over the people using the technology. Hugh Darrow, a member of the Illuminati, wants to sabotage the technology he created and limit it, because he sees the Illuminati plan as an example how his technology could be abused.

    There are three points of view in DXHR you might agree or disagree with:
    Illuminati (authoritarian): Technology without control is dangerous, we need a group of intellectual elite to control humanity's progress.
    Darrow (conservative): Technology has a lot of potential to be abused. It should be limited until humanity is ready for it.
    Sarif (libertarian): Technology should be a free to develop, free from control and regulation.

  23. I haven't played this game, but looks like the augmented have a hard time. In reality, augmented people would be on the top of the ladder, not at the bottom. It's already happening in subtle ways.

  24. Every war is a result of a difference in opinion. Maybe the biggest questions can be answered by the greatest of conflict
    – JC Denton

  25. The fact that guards at subways actually stop and threaten you when use them and get mad if you use the wrong side (the human side) really make you feel the tension and discomfort really strongly, it really well done even with tiny details

  26. I never liked social media. Saying this ironically as I type this comment on my smartphone. Given how damaging the technology has proven to be…I'd venture to say it was a massive mistake.

  27. Alright this video will feed my worst nightmares for decades
    Well done Wisecrack
    Very good job tho
    The Deus ex franchise is one of my favorite and you described it perfectly

  28. I am not a fan of Alex Jones by any means, but, fun fact, the chemicals in the water really are turning the frogs gay in a fashion, it may sound like total bull but some of the things we put in tap water plays havoc with endocrine systems of some frogs, making males secrete a hormone that is usually secreted by females in heat, leading to quite literal gay frogs.

  29. mmm…lack of science is strong here. Probably dismissing the frogs' and other lives' plight because it's Alex Jones saying it. Such sad shutdown of thought. Probably will need to wait until a propah authoreteh pronouces that chemicals have disturbing effects. Likewise about conspiracy theories in general. As Gore Vidal once said, we're conspiracy analysts, but established authorities declare we're the crazy ones just for asking for authority to account for discrepancies and deficiencies.

  30. "The state of exception" : why am I so depressed that it describes exactly recent "anti-terrorist" and "anti-rioters" laws in France ?…

    We're so fucked…at least in 1933 Germany the nazis had to create false flag attacks and vote this type of laws themselves…now they would just point to existing laws…

  31. Man the Alex Jones gay frogs thing is such a crackup to me. Everyone makes fun of it, but there's actually a pretty fat kernel of truth in there. Of course, the way Alex Jones puts it makes it sound like hes saying that "they" are trying to turn frogs gay in order to eventually turn humans gay or something, which is looney.

    However, there have been instances where scientists found that frogs downstream from certain factories and stuff were getting all hermaphrodited out and having all sorts of sexual complications. Like, the chemicals in the water turning frogs gay is almost actually a real thing lol

  32. Paranoid/anxious people are usually more prepared for random disasters because they are always waiting for something to happen

  33. "Are they creating these laws to serve their reptilian overlords? Probably not."

    Look out bois! The Legislators got to Wisecrack. Remember, beware Greeks bearing gifts. #CaptiveState

  34. That's a pretty disproportionate amount of time spent convincing everything is fine, there is no corruption behind the scenes, and the news only speak honest truths. Thought you were gonna talk about the game tbh.

  35. What people do not understand is that because MK Ultra was real doesn't make the earth flat. Unfortunately people buy into package deals in terms of fact finding.

  36. The ending of DXHR really got me thinking about things like I never had before. I am a big fan of the Transhuminist Singularity of man and machine becoming one, but the events depicted in DXHR… whooo boy. More thought is required.

  37. Every war is the result of a difference of opinion. Maybe the biggest questions can only be answered by the greatest of conflicts.

  38. I say the Illuminati is like anime.
    Its origin is specific but now that it has existed for awhile, it can be a bit vague.
    People argue what is and isn't anime. Is avatar anime? Is skullgirls?
    Same thing with people in power. Are the rothchilds part of the illuminati? Is billgates?

    Anime is an aesthetic idea, the same way the Illuminati is an idea of power.
    The Illuminati is just the current people in power that control multiple facets of life rather than a organization with the a finite goal.
    So if you ask me is the illuminati real. I would respond kind of. People in power always seek to keep and grow their power. The best way to do that is network with other powerful people. This creates groups and shared interests. If a bunch of powerful people get together and do similar stuff what is the difference between that an the fantasy idea of Illuminati? Not much.

  39. "hey maybe we should use laws to prevent corporations from being able to dictate people's lives"
    "YOU JUST WANT THE GUBBERMINT TO DICTATE PEOPLE'S LIVES, COMMIE"

  40. Wouldn't in reality the Augs be the 'upper class'? They're stronger both mentally and physically, and presumably only the rich would be able to afford such enhancements.

  41. Yeah bro because we all fucking know that its not you know like 90% OF THE FUCKING NEWS STATIONS SAY THE SAME SHIT WITH DIFFERENT PEOPLE!

  42. Something I just realized:
    Mankind Divided is set in Prague.

    The Augs live in Golem City.

    In Jewish mythology, the golem was created by a rabbi living in Prague to protect the Jewish community.

    The golem went out of control and started killing anything it deemed a threat, to the point that the king of Prague personally begged the rabbi to destroy the golem.

  43. You made the RealLifeLore video "What if Texas was its own country". The narrator said to watch this video next. Thank you so much for providing the video by RLL! I loved it. It was great! Making videos for other companies is an astonishing feet. Maybe one day I'll have to do that.

  44. Remember when this video came out and you could say "our liberal democracies aren't building death camps" with a straight face?

    good times.

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