War and Industrial Society

War and Industrial Society

War and Industrial Society

War and Industrial Society

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We are too much obsessed by the twentieth century to spend time in speculating about the twenty-first. Long-range historical predictions have gone out of fashion. George Orwell's portrait of 1984 depicted too faithfully the last years of Stalinism to have any great value as an anticipation. Atomic weapons seem to confront us with a simple choice between permanent peace and universal suicide; and they are as discouraging to pacifist dreams as to militaristic nightmares. The Third Reich, instituted for a thousand years, collapsed in ruins at the end of twelve years; the Soviet régime, founded by revolutionaries in the name of Western humanism and the classless society, ended in the totalitarianism which Mr. Kruschev described in the style of Ubu Roi at the Twentieth Congress of the Bolshevik Party. Mankind's intimate and tragic experience of these two millenial realms is such that political aspirations are unlikely, in the immediate future, to take again the form of a secular religion.

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