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Although I’ve long known that there was a book titled The Managerial Revolution, it was only a few days ago that I started to read it. Somehow I hadn’t even been aware that the author (James Burnham) was the same person who wrote The Suicide of the West, which I read many years ago.
I decided to read The Managerial Revolution because I thought its description of the managerial revolution in the world of business might give me some insights into the development and nature of the Deep State. What I hadn’t realized was that the book is about the Deep State (or the Administrative State, which is nearly the same thing). Although the book was published in 1941, it seems to be describing what is happening now.
Kindle says I’m only 41 percent of the way through the book. One puzzling note is that so far in the book Burnham has not talked about the explicit agenda of the Progressive Movement to create a managerial state. Maybe the book will get there yet.
Has anyone else in the Ricochet community read it? I don’t recall it ever being mentioned here.Published in