Thunder and Dawn: The Outlook for Western Civilization with Special Reference to the United States

Thunder and Dawn: The Outlook for Western Civilization with Special Reference to the United States

Thunder and Dawn: The Outlook for Western Civilization with Special Reference to the United States

Thunder and Dawn: The Outlook for Western Civilization with Special Reference to the United States

Excerpt

This is a sort of book that no single human being on earth is really equipped to write. And yet it is a book that some one must attempt to write. As I set down its opening words, the Western world is beset by economic depression, political distraction, and social dishevelment that puzzle its masses and palsy its leaders. We know that no malign plague has been sent by the gods to work this triple disruption of Western life. We shall find its cause, we suspect, in ourselves. Our leaders have failed us, we have failed our leaders, or both have blundered in the enterprise of social management. Of an unsettlement so general we must undertake to achieve a general understanding that brings together and burrows under the explanations of the experts.

Despite the complex and technical character of the enterprise, which calls for a series of specialized scholarly equipments that no single student can fully command, this book sets shamelessly out to consider comprehensively the probable causes and possible cures of this general sickness that has fallen upon Western society. Even if such generalized diagnosis and prescription fail to satisfy, in every detail, the passion of the experts for precision, it is an enterprise that some one must boldly attempt to execute. There is behind it a profound social urgency. The critical posture of affairs governmental, financial, and economic throughout the Western world compels Western man to turn his mind to the strategy of survival. This study is, therefore, concerned with the immediate critical situation in which the Western social order finds itself, but it owes its origin to an earlier impulse.

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