The Community of Man

The Community of Man

The Community of Man

The Community of Man

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This century has seen incredible things, things incalculable, the prophecy of which would have been thought madness. Whole peoples have gone berserk, the earth has been devastated by global wars, continents lie desolate. Still worse calamity is feared. It is conceivable that war should apply weapons able to destroy all human life, or even the life of this planet. We have entered a new and terrible dimension of being.

As we gaze upon this scene, at first sight chaotic, we begin to discern its pattern. Several centuries of industrialization have steadily transformed the human economy, bringing the peoples of the globe into economic interdependence. This development disturbed the political boundaries which parceled humanity into many small economies, each relatively self-sufficient. People became increasingly aware that political and economic institutions are interrelated, and that the movement to world economy must either be stopped and turned back, or be given its own living conditions by the advance to world polity of some kind.

Religious, national, class, and other group loyalties affected by this political movement were thereby stimulated to intense reaction, intended either to prevent this passage to world economy and world polity or to direct it to a certain goal. Those who actively espoused the movement divided into two factions, advancing alternative programs . . .

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