THE THIRD WAY by Stuart Cloete


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Cloete's ""third way"" is not a particularly revolutionary idea; he feels that the choice does not lie between fascism and communism, or between communism and war, or even between communism and democracy -- but that there is a third way, the way of a socio-democratic system of planned society. Only so can we ride the wave of the future, avoid the choice between one world dominated by one nation, or no world. The indications are here- in England's changes, in steps achieved- or tested- during the war (rationing, economic planning, etc.) Straight socialism is born of injustice; Hitler has forced a decision on us, and that decision implies a form of social revolution in thinking and action. The book was written so that Cloete might clarify his own thinking about life, causes of war, the real enemies we must fight, the form of the future. He helps his readers to do their own thinking, to arrive at their own conclusions. He discusses problems of employment, of the economy of peonage (money is time, crystalized energy), of what men want (a world without war in which the internal affairs of a country are directed to a high level of prosperity). Business, he feels, must choose between planning for consumer interest or control of government. He discusses symptoms of our times- Hollywood, the press, advertising, public relations- all diseases of unrest. He shows how statistical lies provide a danger; mathematics should be a means, not an end. He discusses some of our illusions -- urges the acceptance of inevitability of change, even in the fundamental nature of man. He criticizes the Church for its failures- all that is needed is for the Church to become Christian, and endorses the move within the Church towards unity. A book compact with much that needs airing; with a few revolutionary ideas; with a sound central thesis. Here is no scarehead shouting of dangers of Communism, but rather a book that shows how we can avoid those failures which alone might make Communism a present peril. With Cloete's name this might get the sort of market of The Anatomy of Peace.

Pub Date: Feb. 19th, 1947
Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin