But what about the forces of dissent?
There are many facets to that problem, but they all lead, I think, to what has been called “the diminished man.” There is more knowledge and information than ever before: the experts have so multiplied that man has a new sense of impotence; man is indeed about to be delivered over to them. Man is about to be an automaton; he is identifiable only in the computer. As a person of worth and creativity, as a being with an infinite potential, he retreats and battles the forces that make him inhuman.
The dissent we witness is a reaffirmation of the faith in man; it is protest against living under rules and prejudices and attitudes that produce the extremes of wealth and poverty and that make us dedicated to the destruction of people through arms, bombs, and gases, and that prepare us to think alike and be submissive objects for the regime of the computer. […]
The dissent we witness is a protest against the belittling of man, against his debasement, against a society that makes “lawful” the exploitation of humans.
This period of dissent based on belief in man [human beings] will indeed be our great renaissance.
-–William O. Douglas
Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court
“Points of Rebellion”, 1970