from the atlantic, through arts and letters daily:
A dependence that's so strong it's almost like a narcotic. You don't question the pusher.” It may sound like the language of drug addiction, but in fact Robert Baer, a former CIA agent in the Middle East, is describing American dependence on Saudi Arabia and its oil. In “The Fall of the House of Saud” (May Atlantic), Baer details the United States's absolute reliance on oil from a country that is deeply, dangerously unstable.
i say the narcosis is latent industrialization and desocialization. by which i mean the industrialization, and replacement of certain aspects of our life with technologies. This is combined with the growing tendency of people not talking to each other, and not being social.