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Max Lerner on:
The Wave of the Future

Max Lerner Q: Anne Lindbergh wrote a book too, "The Wave of the Future." Tell me about how she felt about all this.

ML: Anne Lindbergh had real literary sense and style. And she found a phrase, the wave of the future, to be part of the wave of future. And it troubled many Americans, especially liberals. Because what we saw we put together her phrase and Lindbergh's episode with the Nazis and his anti-democratic commitments. And what we found her saying, of course, was that the wave of the future is something like totalitarianism. And it did more than trouble us. It outraged us. And of course, looking back at it all, there's a curious irony in it. And that is that she was wrong about what the wave of the future was going to be. It has not been totalitarianism. It has not been Fascism. And we now find that it is not communism. That it is, after all, democracy and the idea of a free person, free people, with considerable autonomy for themselves. How wrong could she have been? And she was.

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