THE GREAT IDEA by Henry Hazlitt


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This economist's envisioned evolvement of future world chaos might easily be retitled The Happy Sequel to 1948. Tacking the merest appendix-tail of a plot onto what amounts to practically a book-long dialectical dialogue between a young future world dictator and his Number 2 deputy, this yet provides an interesting, provocative economic solution to any future world-wide Union of Soviet States. Stalenin's son, Peter, sheltered from babyhood on a remote Bermudian isle, returns to Moscow, capitol of Wonworld, to face a rigorously regimented life, though minus any Orvellian machines of the future, for all scientific and mechanical progress had been arrested, on mid-20th Century level and the secret of the atom lost again. Stalenin's death places Peter in power, but opposed by ambitious Number 1 Deputy Bolshekov, and aided in his search for a restoration of humanitarian government by Number 2 -- the American, Adams. Peter and Adams engage in endless economic discussion, but do take time out to activate reforms by restoring Free Enterprise. For this, they are forced to flee westward, where they form Freeworld in America -- a democratic state destined to defeat the tyrannic Wonworld and liberate its downtrodden demislave population. This belongs on a shelf with H.G. Wells and Orwell, but readers with a good grounding in economics will find the going easier.

Pub Date: March 23rd, 1951
Publisher: Appleton-Century-Crofts