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The Technologist Looks at Social Phenomena
« on: March 29, 2017, 04:15:31 PM »
The state of bewilderment and sense of futility that hang like a pall over the peoples of Christendom are commonly laid to the Great War and the strange peace, conceived in terms of mutual defeat, that marked its provisional close. These events are viewed as the immediate causal circumstances that gave rise alike to the decade of golden opportunities and its collapse in the relentless retreat of `values' that continue to march past day after day in columns of three--`high,' `low,' `close.'

But, as everyone knows, there were more remote events out of which the Great War and the unstable peace unfolded. And so, historians, statesmen, philosophers, economists, bankers, business men, and politicians explore the background in search of the `fundamental' causes which they discuss in conflicting accounts of their explorations. Thus we are buffeted by events and by currents of opinion which bewilder and confuse.

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