THE COMING WORLD TRANSFORMATION by Ferdinand undberg

THE COMING WORLD TRANSFORMATION

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KIRKUS REVIEW

As one of the best of the crystal ball challengers, Chicago sociologist undberg offers some pragmatic predictions on a ""systematic and theoretically justifiable basis"" concerning future world developments (cultural, social, political, economic), principally in Europe and the Americas, incidentally in Asia and Africa. First off, Red advances should lessen (over 50 years China will not be able to industrialize to the extent of the Soviets today; Russia will eventually have to choose between economic isolation or an alliance of sorts with the West). Industry will enter the underdeveloped lands but even in five generations they will be nowhere near a counter-art of the US now. A United Europe and the U.S. should boom together more and more; However, Western governments will adopt Welfare Statism; further, collectivism, of a liberal order, will thrive. Among other eye-poppers: a radical reconstruction of the judicial system; government control, in part, of corporate management; emergence of intellectual elite; decline of religion, racism and labor unions; rise of electronic rts. Also, sad to relate, working hours won't go below 30 a week, with or without automation. Or so says prognosticator Lundberg, using all types of facts, figures, footnotes, appendices and reasons- some of which, to us, seem specious. Anyway, an energetic, surely controversial, always provocative work.

Pub Date: April 5th, 1963
Publisher: Doubleday