Works in the Herald 1933

Great hopes are being pinned to the new world theory of "Technocracy," through which some experts hope to revolutionise the economics of the earth. But it is admitted that the pathway to the new era "is blocked by a riff-raff of social and economic institutions resulting in plenty among a hodgepodge of debt and unemployment."

There's a good time coming in the golden by-and-by:
   And I wish, oh, how I wish that it would come!
There's a wise day dawning, by the portents in the sky,
   To usher in the glad millenium.
When heaven-sent technocracy displaces our democracy,
   Goodbye to man's hypocrisy and greed.
But I wonder, oh, I wonder if we'll all be planted under
   Ere the good time gladdens human need.
There's a good time coming, but the road we have to go
   Is strewn with all the wreckage of the past.
And there's quite a lot of salvage ere we end this worldly woe
   And gain the golden terminus at last.
The wonders of machinery that dominates our scenery
   Have left the blundering ancients far behind;
But I wonder, oh, I wonder if we haven't made a blunder
   In neglecting that machine, the human mind.
There's a good time coming; but the echo answers, "When?"
   And I wish, oh, I wish that I could say.
Two thousand years have scarce sufficed to change the minds of men;
   We may hardly hope to change them in a day.
I would not cry calamity when others aim at amnity,
   And hope within me ever conquered fear.
But I wonder, oh, I wonder, when the clouds are torn asunder,
   If you and I are likely to be here.

Herald, 12 January 1933, p4

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