A Program for Social
and Technical Advance
THE previous chapter indicates many of the political complications that may arise from a general misperception of the basis of growth. Resurrecting growth consciousness will require caution, advance calculation, and delicate prejudgment. Given the present stagnation of the economy and the general low level of consciousness on questions of economic policy, it will be difficult to directly program the system into growth. Although one might wish to contemplate conscious explicit growth policy, realities dictate the need to investigate "gradualist" or indirect means of nursing the economy. To be frank, the variations on "explicit growth policy" suggested thus far add up to a program of de facto socialization of the investment function; this chapter considers how that might be achieved either by direct purposeful intervention or by disguised thrusts amounting to some fair copy of conscious policy.
Growth and resurrected growth consciousness could be a by-product of policy which is explicitly directed toward some other goal (i.e., pursuit of a national strategic objective, entrance into a space race, or following up an environmental initiative). The growth pattern that would result would be similar to that of the 1960s: disproportionate emphasis on a few leading activities (defense and the space program in the 1960s);