Posthistoric Man: An Inquiry

Posthistoric Man: An Inquiry

Posthistoric Man: An Inquiry

Posthistoric Man: An Inquiry

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The collectivizing trend of society under machine production, whether that society calls itself democratic, Fascist, or socialist, is irrevocable.

-- WALDO FRANK in Chart for Rough Water

MODERN MAN HAS learned to accommodate himself to a world increasingly organized. The trend toward ever more explicit and consciously drawn relationships is profound and sweeping; it is marked by depth no less than by extension. Affecting virtually every aspect and condition of man's affairs, it is everywhere apparent: in our systems of production, distribution, and consumption; in the operations of labor, capital, and finance; in the spheres of communication and transportation; in art, in sport, in education; in the fields of commerce, industry, and agriculture -- in the recent totalitarian functioning of Nazi Germany despite its atavistic logic of "blood and soil," no less than in mechanized America or socialized Russia. Reaching down everywhere into the domain of the individual, it is apparent in an ever closer mesh of socialized patterns and institutionalized procedures. It is their function to bind, coordinate, define, and control his duties and activities, his purposes and behavior, in relation to those of his fellow men. Scientific research -- once the happy hunting ground of the individual savant -- is increasingly subject to co-ordinated control . . .

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