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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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