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The Managerial Revolution
The Managerial Revolution
By James Burnham
Day, 1941, 285 pp.

In spite of its inconsistencies, schematic dogmatism and other faults, this provocative book may have a deep influence on the social and political thought of our time. Professor Burnham, of the Department of Philosophy at New York University, foresees an era, fast approaching, in which -- due to the demonstrated (to him) failure of Socialism and the expected (by him) demise of capitalism and private property -- the new ruling class will consist of those who direct the productive machine, i.e., the managers. Society so organized will be, he predicts, not democratic but totalitarian.