The Open Conspiracy

Overview

H.G. Wells was acclaimed during his lifetime as one of the most original and creative thinkers of the 20th century, and retains to this day a position of considerable importance in the history of ideas. In 1928 when he wrote this cry for a new age of worldwide knowledge networking, there was no Internet. Yet Wells was already convinced that if only thinking people across the planet could somehow pull together and pool their expertise, energy, and insights into sort of cerebrum for humanity, then the world would ...

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Overview

H.G. Wells was acclaimed during his lifetime as one of the most original and creative thinkers of the 20th century, and retains to this day a position of considerable importance in the history of ideas. In 1928 when he wrote this cry for a new age of worldwide knowledge networking, there was no Internet. Yet Wells was already convinced that if only thinking people across the planet could somehow pull together and pool their expertise, energy, and insights into sort of cerebrum for humanity, then the world would be a saner, safer, better, fairer place. Anyone aware of how the Internet already reflects both the vices and the virtues of society and wonders how a world-renowned visionary like H.G. Wells envisaged knowledge networking as working in practice will enjoy this book. It is a hymn to the practical possibilities of world group action.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275975395
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/30/2001
  • Series: Praeger Studies on the 21st Century Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,291,402
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

W. WARREN WAGAR is the Distinguished Teaching Professor of History at Binghamton University, and a Vice President of the H.G. Wells Society.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 The First Futurist
1 The Book of the Century? 3
2 H. G. Wells and Futures Studies 4
3 The World Commonweal 7
Pt. 2 What Are We To Do with Our Lives?
1 The Text 11
2 The World Crisis and Modern Religion 12
3 Management, Not Government 13
4 Resistances 15
5 Strategies and Tactics 17
6 A Critical Assessment: Negative 19
7 A Critical Assessment: Positive 26
Pt. 3 The Open Conspiracy Since Wells
1 The Post-Wellsian Generation, 1946-1970 31
2 From 1970 to the End of the Century 33
3 The Idea of a World Party 37
4 Prospects 39
Endnotes 41
The Open Conspiracy 45
Index 137
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