In our blindness we have permitted our great industrial machine to be operated to produce scarcity. If wages fall, consumption falls off, factories close. Storehouses may be bursting, raw materials waiting for manufacture, but the people suffer deprivation and starvation. The times are out of joint because we are too blind to see, to be aware, and to adjust ourselves to the inevitable. We are on the way to disaster, hoping someone, some force, some thing will save us, when we might easily do it by ourselves by waking up. (13)

If it were difficult to change human nature, to change the habits of a people, then all the individuals on the face of the earth would be exactly alike today, just as God created them as Adam and Eve. It isn't difficult to sell them a new idea, to shift their ideologies. Consider our attitude toward the Russians during the past twenty-five years, or the change of our President's attitude toward sending boys abroad to fight in foreign lands in the past three years. Those changes are due to what has been communicated to us.

In the confusion there are those who eloquently in pulpits and chairs and seats of power advise us, instead of awakening and adjusting our ideas and institutions to the new realisms of power and technology, to put those aside and revert to the ideas and institutions of a people who had as their only resource the power of their own muscles and what they could beat out of their slaves and asses.


NOTES
(1)
"Moneyed capital I take to be stored human energy, as a coal measure is stored solar energy." ( Brooks Adams, "The Theory of Social Revolutions", Macmillan, 1913)
(2)
The Italian philosopher of history, Gian Battista Vico ( 1668-1744) noted, "In the dark ages communication by articulate language to a large extent ceased, and men were intermingled as conquerors and conquered, who could only hold intercourse with one another by signs, gestures, and ceremonial observances. Writing became almost a lost art, the knowledge of it being preserved only in a separate class."
(3)
The opening of the eighteenth century marked great advance not only in technology but in wider knowledge of the world. It was two centuries after the 'Age of Discovery' before we began to discover the peoples and religions of the lands whose treasure only before had interested us. It was about 1700 that Jesuit missionaries wrote back from Siam to tell Europeans for the first time of a great god, Buddha, who they reported was there worshiped. Seen through the letters of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, whose husband was appointed in 1716 English

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  • By Porter Sargent 4
  • Title Page 5
  • Table of Contents 9
  • This Title 15
  • Notes 17
  • This Book 19
  • Notes 23
  • Power Increase 25
  • Notes 27
  • Technological Advance 29
  • Notes 33
  • Economic Consequences 37
  • Notes 45
  • Political Effects 49
  • Notes 51
  • Social Repercussions 53
  • Notes 60
  • Centralizing Tendencms 65
  • Notes 68
  • Unifying the Nation 71
  • Notes 75
  • Nationalizing Educational Control 79
  • Notes 85
  • War Predicted by the Wise 89
  • Notes 98
  • Confused Educators 105
  • Notes 112
  • Retreat to the Past 119
  • Notes 128
  • Adjustnmnt is Painful 135
  • Notes 141
  • Unity Versus Heresy 145
  • Notes 152
  • Our Educational Leadership 161
  • Notes 166
  • 'Reforming' Static Education 168
  • Notes 171
  • Maintaining the Social System 173
  • Notes 182
  • Hopes of Reconsiruction 189
  • Notes 197
  • The Wife of the State 207
  • Notes 213
  • Ideals Without Vision 219
  • Notes 224
  • We Teach What's Left 229
  • Nons 240
  • Piecemeal Additions 245
  • Notes 249
  • Sterile Scholarship 251
  • Notes 261
  • Worship of Facts 265
  • Notes 270
  • Seedbeds for Propaganda 272
  • Notes 276
  • Education for Frustration 279
  • Notes 285
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  • Morale and Education 298
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  • Vitamins Will Win 313
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  • Notes 324
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  • Notes 333
  • Has Education Improved Our Intellect? 337
  • Notes 344
  • Failure of the Intellect in Wartime 351
  • Notes 359
  • Control--By Whom and for What? 361
  • Notes 369
  • How Universities Are Controlled 371
  • Notes 378
  • How Foundations Influence 387
  • Notes 402
  • How Governments Perpetuate Themselves 411
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  • Guiding Public Opinion 419
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  • Notes 437
  • Distorting History 443
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