Economic Consequences of the Second World War

Economic Consequences of the Second World War

Economic Consequences of the Second World War

Economic Consequences of the Second World War

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The tragedy of the Second World War is that it need never have been fought. Most of the issues which paved the way for it could have been met by rational and peaceful action, and the evil forces which unloosed it could have been nipped in their first stages of growth. That this was not done and that the conflict was allowed to develop is revelatory of the deep-seated contradictions and of the narrow minded and confused leadership of the pre-1939 Western world.

However, tragic as the Second World War may be, it now has a meaning far beyond the causes of its origins. It is no longer merely a struggle of groups of Powers for political mastery or military supremacy. It has become a fight not for settling past accounts, but to make sure who shall own and build the future, and how. It is now a bitter and bloody contest for leadership in organizing the productive and cultural energies of mankind either for a new forward development in behalf of humanity or for increasing exploitation in the interests of small racial and social groups.

It is because such world leadership hinges on general economic principles and social ideals that the social-economic issues of the Second World War are of basic importance. In no previous war . . .

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