This is a challenging and an important book, distinctly controversial and sure to be labelled as “”subversive”” by the vocal members of such organizations as the National Association of Manufacturers. For here is the murky side of the “”managerial revolution””. The author shows how “”within Germany, Italy, Japan, France these bodies (like the N A M) made the critical decision without which the final destruction of democracy could not have taken place””. The historical background of “”peak organizations”” in the totalitarian countries and in those still under a liberal capitalistic system; the peculiarities of the national institutions, — social, political, functional, in membership structure, in policies — all carefully analyzed and in final analysis showing a dangerous parallel, whether under the Nazi or Fascist system, under Japan’s co-prosperity sphere, Vichy’s new order, Britain’s “”feudalistic system of cartel controls”” or America’s “”self-regimentation of business””. A book that should be studied and discussed — but that is unlikely, because of its somewhat heavy-handed style, to reach a wide market.
Robert Alexander Brady (May 13, 1901 – June 14, 1963) was an American economistwho analyzed the dynamics of technological change and the structure of business enterprise. Brady developed a potent analysis of fascism and other emerging authoritarianeconomic and cultural practices. His essential work is “about power and the organization of power around the logic of technology as operated under capitalism”,yielding insights and understanding of modern society’s careening path between enhancing or destroying “life and culture”.
In The Spirit and Structure of German Fascism(1937) and Business as a System of Power(1943), important works in historical and comparative economics, Brady traced the rise of bureaucratic centralism in Germany, France, Italy, Japan and the United States; and the emergence of an authoritarian model of economic growth and development.