EVIL AND WORLD ORDER by William Irwin Thompson


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Ever since repudiating MIT, its technocrats and problem-solvers, Thompson has gravitated into the orbit of mystics and meditators. This small volume in the publisher's World Perspectives series is a distillation of Thompson's last book Passages About the Earth, the wisdom of Findhorn (the Scottish community where some New Age apostles are raising 40-lb. cabbages), and Thompson's intensifying conviction that industrial society is kaput. As he puts it: ""With the fall of Saigon and the failure of the Green Revolution, it is obvious that the historical limits of modernization have been reached."" But Thompson is no blissed-out, space-age guru. Nor is he a 20th-century William Morris looking nostalgically back to an idealized medieval world order. Thompson believes that ""culture begins in an explosion of myth"" and that we are witnessing the beginnings of a new planetary, Pythagorean culture adumbrated by current preoccupation with Sufi, Celtic, Hopi, and Tibetan philosophical traditions. The new order will be a landscape of ""animism and electronics"" beyond the ken of General Systems managers. ""Technology is not a tool it is a culture,"" he says, and argues with dismaying cogency that it has become a cul-de-sac. He may not convince you that elves and devas can make turnips grow--then again, he may.

Pub Date: April 21st, 1976
Publisher: Harper & Row