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Nature volume 131, pages 485487 (08 April 1933) | Download Citation



THE disproportion between poverty and unemployment and the abundance made possible by power production is leading men everywhere to question the basis of a political and economic system which permits the existence of such a paradox of maldistribution. It is no longer merely a question whether effective measures could be taken if those in authority possessed sufficient knowledge and understanding of the situation, but whether the present system permits them to take any effective action without the whole system being radically reformed. The non-success which has thus far attended the efforts or pleadings of politicians is not only fast breeding a general distrust of their policies but also a disposition to consider far-reaching changes in the structure of society.

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