THE AMERICAN ANARCHY by Lionel Gelber

THE AMERICAN ANARCHY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The same kind of uncompromising exposition and interpretation on a high intellectual plane as characterized the author's Reprieve from War (see June 1, 1950 bulletin, p. 327) is in evidence in the present thought piece which evaluates democracy and liberalism in an era of bigness. From the viewpoint of international relations he considers what in a free social order of ""organized magnitude"" has served to weaken the defense of this free world order. The nineteenth century revaluation of man has been submerged in totalitarian states and suffered a sea change in our industrial society. The groups formed by industrialism are mechanical; human energies are deflected into organizational grooves; in a leveling process merit is depreciated. The problem of the expert in our society, of mass media, of mass sluggishness are considered. Mr. Gelber terms the projection of America in Western Europe and Southeastern Asia an ""exercise in survival"". Fine thought food for those who don't mind chewing hard.

Pub Date: Sept. 17th, 1953
Publisher: Henry Schuman