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Don't overlook this in the Christmas hurly burly. You might even make a sale or so now. But reserve your push on the book until after the holidays, for it has meat in it that needs a quiet space for digestion. In his opening pages, this Czechoslovakian now lecturing at Reed College, Portland, Oregon, puts his finger on a moot point:- ""The crux of the economic problem today lies in the relation of large-scale business to government, in the combination of economic power and the combination of political power."" He analyzes and defines the steps by which the economics of force have displaced the economics of welfare in the so-called civilized world, -- through terror organized as science and art, through mass propaganda, through the philosophy of inequality setting a robot revolution on the march. He traces its application to agriculture, to industry, to labor, to consumption, to prices, wages, trade, finance. He outlines the phases of development. He goes into particulars in describing the turning back the clock in Czechosolvakia, symbol of Germany's methods of conquest. Then he turns to the invisible processes operating on this side of the Atlantic, through propaganda, stirring up unrest, industrial sabotage, blackmail. And he challenges us to set our house in order, to use our idle resources for national defense, to make what gain we can out of the defense program, to collaborate with our southern neighbors. And finally, he urges clear thinking in the matter of understanding the need of sacrifice, of the acceptance of some loss of liberty that liberty may be found. And he indicates what he thinks the essential steps in the economy of national defense. It is a challenging book that has grown out of experience; it has a message and a program.

Pub Date: Dec. 9th, 1940
Publisher: George Stewart