Building the City of Man: Outlines of a World Civilization

Building the City of Man: Outlines of a World Civilization

Building the City of Man: Outlines of a World Civilization

Building the City of Man: Outlines of a World Civilization

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Twentieth-century man is a baby in a wicker basket, wailing on the door- step of Doomsday. He has been abandoned, in all his vile innocence, to a fate beyond the reach of his imagination. No poet or painter can find the symbols to express the truth of man's fate, so much more terrible than he could make or will for himself.

All of us wish to know the enemy of the human race. We shake our fists in futile rage at unknown adversaries, like the foundling on the doorstep. But we have our theories; sometimes we launch into violent accusations.

Here! There! Behold the enemy! It is the Masses, the cattle-people swarming out of the pens in which older societies wisely confined them, trampling on everything fine and beautiful. No, it is the Dictators, the mad geniuses of modern politics, who exploit human misery for the pure love of power. Wrong again. It is World Capitalism, driven by a compulsive greed that has no end but its own negation in socialist revolution. On the contrary. It is World Socialism, the foolish dream of a leveled-down and regimented society that has no goal but the extinction of human freedom. Impossible! It is regimentation itself, the logic of the Machine, which dehumanizes in the name of reason and impoverishes in the name of prosperity.

Well, think again. It is the Nation-State System; rather, the Warfare- State System; rather, Militarism, Pentagonism, the bureaucratic Establishment, the General Staff, the Secret Police. Nonsense! It is the Jew, the maggot in the rotting corpse of liberalism and social democracy. It is the . . .

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