Ideas and Integrities: A Spontaneous Autobiographical Disclosure

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chapter 19
The Designers and the Politicians

There is a new idea aloft in our era, one in which we do not think of our great world dilemmas in terms of politics. For years we have been telling the politicians to solve our problems, and yet the crises continually multiply and accelerate in both magnitude and speed of recurrence.

As automation eliminates physical drudgery, we will spend more time in the future in intellectual activity. The great industry of tomorrow will be the university, and everyone will be going to school. World society is going to concentrate on regenerating its capabilities and its wisdom of their employment.

When we talk about wealth today, we are not talking about money or gold. We went off the gold standard between world wars. There are still some gold exchange laws and international trade in which gold is involved, but they are ways of balancing books and not fundamental. After World War I, Germany discovered it would not, if it paid all its reparations, have the wealth necessary to rise again, so the agreement was simply abrogated by the establishment of a new government. The Germans had the blast furnaces, the iron, the coal and the know-how to make steel, so they began to make steel. They began to demonstrate what we really mean by wealth, which is to organize physical capability and to organize energy. Energy flows around the universe and is then shunted and canalled into valvability upon the ends of the

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