Perhaps David Hartman should adopt a similar reserve before engaging in the Gotterdamerung
scenario presented in this stimulating and disturbing volume.
By the mid-twentieth century, after attempts to achieve laissez faire capitalism led to social and economic injustice and the Great Depression and the other attempts led to one or another form of totalitarianism and the gotterdamerung
of World War II, most of the world was disabused of that idea.
Miller's real contribution lies in the Gotterdamerung
effect -- the pulsating intimations of doom -- that he achieves through his language, his radical, almost cinematic juxtaposition of disparate, seemingly contradictory images, and his ability to read portents of disaster in innocent phenomena.