I finished reading the novella, enjoyed the Part 1 podcast, and look forward to listening to Parts 2 and 3.
I have two observations about Part 1:
- The first clue that the story isn't in the US is 'The west wall was entirely of glass and showed the Atlantic Ocean.' Interestingly, there is a place in the mainland western hemisphere where a western window would look out onto the Atlantic Ocean. Any guesses? (see below)
- Was Lowell Lewis a callout to Lewis Powell?
Lewis Powell was a corporate lawyer who was appointed by President Richard Nixon to the Supreme Court in 1971. (1)
A few months before his appointment, Powell was commissioned by the US Chamber of Commerce to produce a blueprint for conservatives and corporations to retake America from the forces of the liberal New Deal. The infamous secret Powell Memorandum, entitled "Attack on the American Free Enterprise System," (2) outlined the plan that we all became familiar with over the past 45 years. (3) The world of "Hour of Trust" seems to flow out of the memo.
This secret memo was circulated to major US corporations. In November 1973 the memo was leaked and made public. "Hour of Trust" was published in 1973, so Wolfe didn't have access to the leaked memo when he wrote it. Could he have had access to the memo before it was leaked?
Wolfe was a project engineer at Proctor and Gamble from 1956 until 1972. P&G lobbyists were involved with implementing the strategy. (3) As a project engineer, was Wolfe privy to the Powell memo? Did it inspire him to write "Hour of Trust?"
I wish I were still able to ask him.