He argues there is a human need for what he calls the “power process”—goal, effort, and attainment of goal, as well as subsequent autonomy. Technological-industrial society makes the attainment of “ real goals “—the needs of survival—far too easy, forcing the creation of artificial goals of scientific and technological progress, enforcing social control over the population. Therefore, he calls for a revolution against the entire economic and technological basis for the modern world. His ideal society is primitive, reminiscent of the 19th-century ideal of the “noble savage.”
It's also somehow apt that I would be writing this essay in the first place: In Hebrew, my name means "my generation." As I was working on the essay, I called my mom and asked if she and my dad had deliberately chosen my name because of its meaning. (I was also named after my great-grandmother Dora.) "I didn't want to name you Dora, so we chose Doree. It was just a coincidence that it means 'my generation,' " she told me. The arbitrary nature of this choice, too, seemed fitting. But maybe we're not the only ones who feel unmoored. After explaining the gist of the piece to a 29-year-old friend over email, she responded: "I feel like I'm especially without generation because I'm not quite a Carter baby but not really a Millennial either. … I feel like Noreen, who is only two years younger than me, is of a slightly different generation, which seems crazy! But it feels true." Her email was a classic Generation Catalano move: dancing near the spotlight, and then dancing with herself.