By Chris Freeman, Francisco Louçã
The net and cellular phones have made every body extra acutely aware than ever of the pc revolution and its results at the economic system and society. 'As Time is going through' places this revolution within the point of view of earlier waves of technical switch: steam-powered mechanization, electrification, and motorization. It argues for a concept of reasoned monetary heritage which assigns a vital position to those successive technological revolutions.
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You do not offer money to a Party leader. You ask him whether he knows a good "lawyer" who might be of help in proving to the authorities the urgency of your demand for foreign exchange or raw material. He refers you to a "lawyer," who gives you the necessary "juridical" advice—for which you pay—and eventually your request is granted. But the fees for this advice are extremely high, much higher than you would have had to pay in direct bribery or than you would have paid formerly to a firstrate lawyer on a retainer basis.
I am here—in Amsterdam—for a couple of days and take this opportunity to write unrestrictedly to various friends abroad. I know you will be interested in hearing what is happening within Germany. As for myself, my knowledge as a technical expert would not have been sufficient to enable me to struggle along during the past five years, were it not for the fact that our firm has the backing of a prominent Party man who comes to 21 22 Vampire Economy our assistance when we need certificates for foreign currency, raw materials, and so on.
Hitler's castle was bought with State funds, not with his private funds. It must be added that Hitler is a vegetarian, a "mystic" and a "romantic" who disapproves of drinking parties and other extravagant behavior, and who is extolled as a model of modesty and heroic simplicity—extolled as such by Party bureaucrats anxious to counterbalance widespread whispers about orgies and extravagances of Party leaders. " However, the same process is producing countless nouveaux riches in almost every town and district throughout Germany.
As Time Goes By: From the Industrial Revolutions to the Information Revolution by Chris Freeman, Francisco Louçã