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The Managerial Revolution

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Hardcover, 285 pages
Published April 24th 1972 by Greenwood Press (first published 1941)
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Burnham argued that capitalism was a temporary form of organization currently being transformed into some non-socialist future form of society.

Burnham argued correctly that capitalism could not be regarded as an immutable and permanent form. In Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire, mass unemployment was "a symptom that a given type of social organization is just about finished."

The worldwide mass unemployment of the depression era was, for Burnham, indicative that capitalism was itself "not goin...more
Steven Peterson
The author begins by outlining what is special about this book (Page viii): ". . .'The Managerial Revolution' was the first generalized attempt tat trhe statement of a theory of the modern epoch that cut through the alternative of either capitalism or socialism"

In other words, Burnham is positing yet a third approach. He sees capitalism as compromised and socialism as not likely to represent the future. The Managerial Society is what he sees as looming. Tha managers of organizations will, in his...more
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"The first effect of limited liability was the progressive separation of ownership from responsibility, of management from property. Burnham called it the 'managerial revolution,' without analyzing its origins in limited liability." - Rousas John Rushdoony, The Politics of Guilt and Pity, 1970
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James Burnham was an American popular political theorist, best known for his influential work The Managerial Revolution, published in 1941. Burnham was a radical activist in the 1930s and an important factional leader of the American Trotskyist movement. In later years, as his thinking developed, he left Marxism and produced his seminal work The Managerial Revolution. He later turned to conservati...more
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