forcingchange To understand the present, and to contemplate the future, requires that we explore the past. H.G. Wells was one of the most influential visionaries of the early twentieth century. His many books, both fiction and non-fiction, inspired multitudes of men and women who, like Wells, looked to a â€œWorld Stateâ€ as the savior of humanity. Although he wrote often of a World State, Mr. Wellsâ€™ optimism for the future of mankind waned due to the destructiveness of World War II. Nevertheless, his desire for an â€œOpen Conspiracyâ€ â€“ a movement of organizations and people seeking the establishment of a world collective â€“ was forefront in his thinking.
Hereâ€™s ten kicker quotes from Mr. Wells on advancing the Open Conspiracy and its anticipated outcome: The World State.
1. â€œThe idea of a world commonweal has to be established as the criterion of political institutions, and also as the criterion of general conduct in hundreds of millions of brains. It has to dominate education everywhere in the world. When that end is achieved, then the world state will be achievedâ€¦â€ â€“ H.G. Wells, The Salvaging of Civilization: The Probable Future of Mankind (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1921), p.21.
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