" . . . A half century later, as Cold War polarities break down and new sets of 'meaningful choices' present themselves, it is my belief that the insights of Macdonald's circle, however fragmentary or flawed, merit a second look. The problems these writers struggled against remain with us in our own moment of crisis and opportunity: the 'anti-human dynamics' of high technology and bureaucratic organization, the dangerous centralization of economic and political power, and, perhaps most fundamentally, the fear and estrangement people feel among themselves. . . . Too often as [Vaclav] Havel observes, people continue to 'shrug off anything that goes beyond their everyday, routine concern for their own livelihood; they seek ways of escape; they succumb to apathy, to indifference toward suprapersonal values and their fellow men, to spiritual passivity and depression.' "