George Lodge develops a fresh approach to U.S. history and
contemporary problems. Our current "crisis of institutional
legitimacy," Lodge argues, springs from the obsolescence of our
ideology, which he sees as historically grounded on John Locke's
ideas. Lodge - a Harvard Business School professor and scion of the
famous dynasty - lists the main premises of the Lockean creed as
individualism, which is today being replaced by "communitarianism";
property rights, being displaced by the peoples' rights to property
use; competition, losing out to community interest as society's
regulator; and limited government, currently Changing into a more
interventionist planning government. Our cherished Lockean ideas
Lodge believes, are unique, even aberrant, in the full spectrum of
other societies and cultures. And he ranges, often rambles, across
all of world history, science and philosophy attempting to prove
how atypical American political ideas really are. To adjust to new
situations, including materials shortages, pollution and urban
needs, Lodge calls for increased government planning and new types
of labor-management relations based on the experiences of Japan,
Peru, Sweden and Yugoslavia. Perhaps naively, Lodge sees government
inefficiency and bureaucracy as resulting from its being "hobbled"
by the outdated commitment to a limited state. While his solutions
may seem simplistic, he has some sensible things to say about the
need for an adjustment of American thinking in the face of rapidly
accelerating change. (Kirkus Reviews)
In George Lodge's classic account, now appearing for the first
time in paperback, the author argues that America is in the midst
of a great transformation, comparable to the one which ended the
medieval era in the West. The old ideas--individualism, property
rights, competition, the limited state, and scientific
specialization--have become increasingly irrelevant in a world of
necessariliy huge organizations and limited resources. The United
States today has become a considerably less self-assured nation,
lacking a sense of direction and control, profoundly uncertain
about authority and legitimacy.
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