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How to Avoid the Future - Gordon Rattray Taylor

Secker & Warburg, 1975, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.

From the cover: “Is civilisation cracking up — and, if so, what should we be doing about it? How serious are the problems of inflation, energy and resource shortage, climate change, food supply and population growth, of which we have heard so much, and how successfully are we tackling them ? What, in fact, does the immediate future hold?

These are the kind of questions Gordon Rattray Taylor deals with in this book. Surveying a wide range of predictions made by eminent futurologists about the immediate future, he concludes that the really urgent problem is one which has been generally overlooked: the growth of social turbulence and the decay of social cohesion, evidenced by the increasing frequency and savagery of terrorism, kidnapping, hijacking, torture and other forms of anti-social behaviour which are daily reported.

The collapse of the Roman Empire suggests that such symptoms, along with inflation and loss of confidence in government, do indeed precede the end of a civilisation.

Probing the sociological and psychological factors underlying and causing these trends, Taylor concludes that the structure of our society must be changed, and our patterns of social behaviour modified, if collapse is to be averted. Major shifts in official policy are called for. He also proposes concrete steps to improve the quality of government — steps which are radical, not to say controversial. And he warns that if we continue on our present course, the emergence of some kind of totalitarianism, in a forcible attempt to hold society together, is inevitable.

Against this background of a coming social collapse Taylor examines the more insistent problems that dominate today’s headlines, and charts possible courses for the future by confronting the potential of tomorrow.”


Size: 9½" x 6¼". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [VIII] 340 pages.
£8.50