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 > The price that the industrial system must pay for its people and the conduct of its research is the support of general enlightenment. ---p367 > The price that the industrial system must pay for its people and the conduct of its research is the support of general enlightenment. ---p367
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 At this moment there is a considerable if rather unfocused atmosphere of dissent amongst younger people.  As yet it has no coherent political leadership.  This ought to come from the scientific and educational estate.  It has the required scepticism about the industrial system's objectives and current trends in foreign policy under the guidance of the industrial system.  Since World War II, scientists have already emerged as an independent political force, especially where science imposes on foreign policy.  The nuclear test ban treaty of 1963, for example, would not have been achieved without the initiative of the scientific community. At this moment there is a considerable if rather unfocused atmosphere of dissent amongst younger people.  As yet it has no coherent political leadership.  This ought to come from the scientific and educational estate.  It has the required scepticism about the industrial system's objectives and current trends in foreign policy under the guidance of the industrial system.  Since World War II, scientists have already emerged as an independent political force, especially where science imposes on foreign policy.  The nuclear test ban treaty of 1963, for example, would not have been achieved without the initiative of the scientific community.
  
-> General public and political awareness of the dangers of nuclear conflict, the desirability of détente with the Soviet Union and the technical possibilities for disarmament owes a great deal to the scientific community.  It owes very little to the military, diplomatic and industrial community. ---p375+> General public and political awareness of the dangers of nuclear conflict, the desirability of détente with the Soviet Union and the technical possibilities for disarmament owes a great deal to the scientific community.  It owes very little to the military, diplomatic and industrial community. ---p375
  
 Economists are more or less useless in this role.  Where economic goals are of central importance, economists are useful --- in a wider debate that considers production against goals which cannot by analysed using the economist's toolbox, he ought to be marginalised, even if his technical understanding is greater than those with a more balanced perspective.  Economists are the natural ally of the industrial system.  Recently, so has the liberal been --- to be a liberal in recent times has meant to be an economic liberal, espousing increased production, employment, management of aggregate demand and greater equality of wages.  These are no longer an appropriate liberal platform --- they need no liberal advocacy to be enacted, the industrial system is more than capable of fighting their corner unaided.  The liberal economic programme, in other words, has run its course --- it is time to find a new one. Economists are more or less useless in this role.  Where economic goals are of central importance, economists are useful --- in a wider debate that considers production against goals which cannot by analysed using the economist's toolbox, he ought to be marginalised, even if his technical understanding is greater than those with a more balanced perspective.  Economists are the natural ally of the industrial system.  Recently, so has the liberal been --- to be a liberal in recent times has meant to be an economic liberal, espousing increased production, employment, management of aggregate demand and greater equality of wages.  These are no longer an appropriate liberal platform --- they need no liberal advocacy to be enacted, the industrial system is more than capable of fighting their corner unaided.  The liberal economic programme, in other words, has run its course --- it is time to find a new one.
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