The Prospects of Industrial Civilisation
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Prospects of Industrial Civilisation by Louis Greenspan
Book DescriptionThe Prospects of Industrial Civilization provides a rare glimpse into areas of Russell's political thought which are often ignored. Written with Dora Black (who became Russell's second wife) on a trip to China in 1920, it is revealing both as a period piece and as a book for our times. Russell criticises his own age, and demonstrates how humanity perpetually struggles against the centralising forces of industrialism and nationalism. He views industrialism as a threat to human freedom, as it creates large populations which have to be subject to controls and he likens Bolshevik Russia to Cromwell's England, asserting that both were dictatorships designed to force an essentially feudal society to adopt industrialism. He sees industrialism and nationalism as fundamentally linked and proposes one government for the whole world as a solution. Russell is not blind to the positive side of industrialism; without machines an economy of subsistence would be the best for which society could hope, but argues that the global village and prevailing political democracy should be its eventual results.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415136020
(198mm x 129mm x 29mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Jan-1959
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Louis Greenspan
Russell on Religion, Hardback (September 1999)
Russell on Religion presents a unique selection of Russell's writings on religion and related topics from the turn of the century to the end of his life, providing a comprehensive, accessible overview of the development of his thinking.
Prospects of Industrial Civilisation, Paperback (December 1995)
Written with Dora Black in 1920 this work examines the threat of industrialisation to human freedom and demonstrates how humanity perpetually struggles against the centralising forces of industrialisation and nationalism.
Collected Papers of Bertrand Russell, Hardback (July 1995)» View all books by Louis Greenspan
During World War I, Russell was political commentator for "The Tribune", a publication of the No-Conscription Fellowship. This volume contains many short papers from the period reflecting his response to the growing crisis.
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