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ABC for en ny verden (Primer of the Coming World) (edició 1945)
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Primer of the Coming World de Leopold Schwarzschild
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P R I m E R OF THE COMING WORLD LEOPOLD S C H WA RZ SCHI LD ALFRED A. KNOPF NEW YORK 1944 BOOK HAS BEEN PRODUCED IN FTTLI COMPLIANCE WITH ALL GOVEBNMENT REGULATIONS FOB, THE CONSERVATION OF PAPER, METAL, AND OTHER ESSENTIAL MATERIALS 1 TRANSLATED FROM THE GERMAN BY NORBERT GUTERMAN Copyright, 1944 by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing from the publisher f except by a reviewer who may quote brief passages in a review to be printed in a magazine or newspaper. Manufactured in the United States of America Published simultaneously in Canada by The Ryerson Press IRST EDITION Contents 4 4 G 4 3 G Q3 S Preface v BOOK 1 . THE URGE FOR SECURITY PART ONE The Building Material CHAPTER I. The Old Adam 5 II. Relations among States 12 PART TWO The World Authority III. What Keeps the Guardians in Agreement 22 IV. The Tragic Military Dilemma 33 V. The Limits of Altruism 43 VI. Two Completely Separate Tasks 55 PART THREE Anti-War Panaceas VII. The Economic Illusion 65 VIII. The Secrets of the Elders of Finanzion 76 IX. The Seduction of Chemistry 89 BOOK 2. SECURITY IN AN IMPERFECT WORLD PART FOUR Freedom from Fear of Germany X. The Prerequisite 101 XL The Necessity of Compulsion 103 XII. Total Demilitarization 113 XIIL The Allied Garrison 122 Hi CONTENTS e Accessory Problems XIV. Ineffe iyjtiil Substitutes and Useless Additions 135 XV. Reparation for Damages, 147 XVL Re-Education of Germany 164 XVII. The Rest of the Axis 172 PART SIX The Other Side of the Barricades XVIII. The Liberated Nations 1 79 XIX. The Big Three among Themselves 192 BOOK 3, SUPERIMPOSED AIMS PART SEVEN Universal Democracy XX. On UsingOpportunities 215 XXI. An Excessive Burden on Weak Shoulders 223 PART EIGHT The Welfare of the Little Man XXII. The Fruits of Victory and the Storm 234 XXIIL . Our Course at the Social Crossroads 1 240 XXIV. Unemployment under Capitalism 249 XXV. The Working Man under Socialism 271 XXVI. What Price Freedom 286 Conclusion 301 Preface KAISER WILHELM II of unblessed memory was a per fect dilettante. He was gifted enough to pick up quickly a little something in every field of knowledge. But he was not gifted enough to realize that he did not for that reason understand a great deal. Nor was he modest enough to suspect that in every field the real problem began at the very point where his knowl edge and judgment ended. He always took his own, sophomoric ideas for grandiose pioneering concepts. One day he discovered in himself a talented ship building . engineer. Once and for all he was going to show the world how a truly modern, perfect, bold, and revolutionary battleship should be built. When his blueprints were ready, he received only non-com mittal opinions from his experts so he sent the blue prints to the Italian Admiral Brin, one of the most famous shipbuilders of the day, and asked him for his opinion. The Reich Chancellor preserved the ad mirals answer in his memoirs The ship which Your Majesty has designed, it ran, would be the mightiest, the most terrible, and also the loveliest battleship ever seen. It would have a speed which has not yet been attained, its armor would surpass that of anything now afloat, its masts would be the highest in the world, its guns would outrange any others. And the inner ap pointments are so well arranged that for the whole v tfc PREFACE crew, from thecaptain down to the cabin boy, it would be a real pleasure to sail in her. This wonderful vessel has only one fault if she were put in water she would sink like a lump of lead. We know another wonderful vessel which sank like a lump of lead. It was the world order and world peace of 1919. Will this happen again In the course of the next twenty-five years shall we find once more that a new fangled, daring construction has been erected accord ing to grandiose pioneering ideas and that it has sunk like a lump of lead The danger that this may happen is a real one...
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