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Popular Article: Lewis Mumford

The Myth of the Machine: Pentagon of Power
Lewis Mumford (October 19, 1895 – January 26, 1990) was an American historian, sociologist, philosopher of technology, and literary critic. Particularly noted for his study of cities and urban architecture, he had a broad career as a writer.

Mumford regarded human relationships to be the foundation of a thriving society. He was critical of many developments in the twentieth century, warning of the destructive power of technology unharnessed by human oversight. He was vocal in his opposition to the dangers of Nazism and Fascism, and later the threat of global annihilation from the atomic bomb. Yet, he remained optimistic that humankind would survive and thrive, renewing human society through the creation of effective organic institutions that would value life over machine.