Lawrence Dennis’s much neglected and long-forgotten masterpiece from 1969. Available from Amazon.
“Operational Thinking for Survival” is Lawrence Dennis’s 1969 follow up book to his 1940 book “The Dynamics of War and Revolution”. It would be worth the while of the modern reader of either book to read the other and thus obtain a more comprehensive picture of Dennis’s thought. And reading Dennis’s thought is worthwhile as he is both learned and incisive and completely outside of the well worn paths left by the big batallions of mainstream liberal and conservative commentators. As a young diplomat Dennis protested US gun boat diplomacy in Nicaragua and went on to provide a radical corporatist critique of America’s foreign and economic policies in from the late 1930s. An isolationist and radical right dissident he ended up charged with sedition by Roosevelt administration, the trial was drawn out and eventually collapsed in a farce. Following the war Dennis became a right wing critic of both McCarthyism and the Cold War.
In “The Dynamics of War and Revolution” Dennis made several predictions for the upcoming decades. These included his belief that America would enter WW2 and that the returning troops would face a renewed depression. Mass unemployment would be unsustainable and both traditional capitalism and democracy would be in peril and ultimately pushed aside as a new technocratic elite emerged from the expanded war industry sector. The technocrats would restore employment and stability through ‘pyramid building’ projects. Elsewhere new pan-continental powers would dominate the planet and the British Empire would meet it’s demise.