THE COMING SHOWDOWN by Carl Dreher
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THE COMING SHOWDOWN

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An engineer surveys the creed of ""business as usual"" and produces a mansized mouthful. Half the book is theory -- half fact; much of it is speculative, controversial; occasionally he misinterprets figures with the result that he weakens his thesis; but all of it makes you stop, look and listen. He believes primarily in ways and means to equalize and democratize welfare; he sees the war as the climax of technological revolution; he shows the New Deal as a foredoomed attempt to cope with capitalism and big business; he feels the Big Business is running the war. He sees taxation rooking the middle-sized incomes while large industry sacrifices little; he charges that all guns and no butter is bad defense; he sees labor as the only protective assurance against high profits. He knocks some of the OPM heads upstairs -- sees hope in Nelson. His solution is collectivism, in principle and practice, and shows it can be done.

Pub Date: April 6th, 1942
Publisher: Little, Brown