THE key to social dynamics that Marx found in wealth and Freud in sex Bertrand Russell finds, convincingly, in power. When Ms brilliant study first appeared in 1938 it was immediately seen to bring a new order of comprehension into the ancient problems of human government. He analyses the forms that power can take, the limits and interactions of its different organs, the effectiveness of ideas and moral codes in buttressing or undermining power, and, finally, how power can, and must, be tamed today, when 'science has made it inevitable that all must live or all must die'.
'The essential value of this most intelligent book
fe that it provides us with a corrective against extremes.
... I urge all those who at this moment are suffering
from defeatism to read this book carefully. It appears
to me to start at the point where many of us have
abandoned political theory in despair.
It provides a new hope.'
Harold Nicolson in The Daily TelegraphISBN: