“Many ancient societies built their governments on the foundations of secretive languages — from hieroglyphs to Latin Bibles — indecipherable to the slavish masses who constructed their pyramids, great walls, and cathedrals. The process of governing was 'secret' in the sense that these secret languages reinforced the status of the ruling class without the subjugated entirely understanding the terms. The cathedral-builders of postmodernity have again harnessed a language at once complex and capable of being 'hidden' from the masses: the compiled and proprietary source code (viz., the Windows operating system). ”

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