technological escalation

A technological escalation is using a power derived from technology, not morality, to impose a temporary solution, e.g. to protect pages presently subject to an edit war.

Such solutions can only be temporary since technology tends over time to spread to all interested parties and factions, and this leads almost inevitably to a sort of arms race.

The end results will be undesirable since:
  • everyone has invested in technological superiority not in moral argument
  • command and control mindsets take over from the political virtues
  • resources have been wasted on technology devoted to conflict, not common goals.