Actually, time runs in a forward direction.
So, to take a related example, if Voltaire and Hume were around today and running Google, they probably wouldn’t have fired James Damore. But they’re not, and instead Susan Wojcicki’s hurt feelings are what matters now.
The obsessive antiquarianism of so-called progressives is one of the funnier features of the current year (which is 2018).
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