Heidegger on Agriculture and Technology
“Agriculture is now a motorized food industry, the same thing in its essence as the production of corpses in the gas chambers and the extermination camps, the same thing as blockades and the reduction of countries to famine, the same thing as the manufacture of hydrogen bombs.”
-Martin Heidegger, Das Ge-Stell (1949)
This is an absolutely astonishing quote from a man notoriously silent concerning Nazism, including his own involvement. While, clearly, Heidegger intends to emphasize the destructive capacity essence of the agricultural industry, is it right to make such a bold comparison, specifically for someone who was, on all accounts, complicit?