# „As Hegel well knew, the ascent of reason has never followed a straight line.“

Quelle: The Political Economy Of Growth (1957), Chapter Eight, The Steep Ascent, p. 298

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##### Paul A. Baran
US-amerikanischer, marxistisch orientierter Ökonom 1909 - 1964

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