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By Peter F. Drucker

Makes a speciality of the recent forces which are developing tomorrow's society. those are the forces of discontinuity within the social, political and monetary panorama. basically, Drucker asks the reader, "What needs to we do to form tomorrow?"

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We have created a new sociopolitical reality without so far understanding it, without, indeed, much thinking about it. This new pluralist society of institutions poses political, philosophical, and spiritual challenges that go far beyond this book (or the author's competence). 4. But the most important of the changes is the last one. Knowledge, during the last few decades, has become the central capital, the cost center, and the crucial resource of the economy. This changes labor forces and work, teaching and learning, and the meaning of knowledge and its politics.

For the developing countries, however, the petroleum cartel with its high price for energy and fertilizers poses a mortal threat. Yet when the petroleum-producing countries quadrupled crude oil prices in 1973, all the developing countries cheeredincluding even those that, like India, Brazil, or Pakistan, knew immediately how serious a threat the higher petroleum price posed to their own economies and their own economic and social stability. Without support from the developing world, OPEC would have collapsed within a few months.

There never was anything before resembling the baby boom. In the United States, for instance, the number of babies born increased almost fifty percent within five years, between 1948 and 1953there is no such development on record in man's earlier history. But there is also no precedent for the baby bust. And the most fundamental development of them all, the sharp increase in the number of people who survive into old age, and even more the sharp increase of those who enjoy long years of old age, is equally without precedent.

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