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The Dispossessed (1962) *

ByDaniel Bell

Social groups that are dispossessed invariably seek targets on which they can vent their resentments, targets whose power can serve to explain their dispossession. The managerial executive class as among the dispossessed may seem strange, especially in the light of the argument that a revolution which is undermining property as the basis of power is enfranchising a new class of technical personnel among who are the business executives. The "national style" is a compound of the values and the national character of a country. As anyone who has read travelers' accounts knows, there has long been agreement on the characteristics of the American style. The distinctive theme of the radical right is that not only is Communism a more threatening force today than at any other time in the past forty years, but that the threat is as great domestically as it is externally.