Redefining the Good Life

December 31, 1978

When attempting to find a useful perspective from which to view such a complex phenomenon as American society, it is fruitful to focus on "the societal project."

FBI and the Scientific Community

November 11, 1978

The Need to Put a Price on Life

October 29, 1978

Representatives of several leading U.S. corporations have adopted a new technique against the movement for safer products, workplaces and other environments. Rather than get entangled in the complex and emotional questions of how much safety we can afford, how much a life is worth, they have chosen - indeed, invented - a much easier target: the "risk-free society."

Toward a New Affirmation

September 01, 1978

“Toward a New Affirmation,” National Forum, Vol. LVIII, No. 4 (Fall 1978), pp. 37-42.

From Zion to Diaspora

May 01, 1978

For people to be in charge of history, rather than subject to laws they do not understand or control, is an option of the postnuclear era, not a prediction. This is what my work is about. When I first joined the Columbia University faculty, C. Wright Mills was still around, but most of the senior faculty did not care for his brand of sociology. Soon a senior colleague took me aside and advised me to stay off the stuff; i.e., off critical, normative, activist sociology. He was very warm and meant well. "Mixing socialism with social work" (his sarcastic labels for active sociology) is not the way to make it." I was told at the time.

Individual Will and Social Conditions: Toward an Effective Health Maintenance Policy

May 01, 1978

Many prominent health experts now assert that major improvements in the health of the American people must come from individual efforts to alter unhealthy personal habits and lifestyles rather than

Fighting America’s Dishonesty Epidemic

April 01, 1978

Dishonesty in America is nearing epidemic proportion. We long ago passed the point of isolated ourbreak one in a town, two in a city.

Deinstitutionalization–A Vastly Oversold Good Idea

April 01, 1978

For New Yorkers the "deinstitutionalized" are familiar fixtures.

Groups: The Sense of Belonging

March 29, 1978

Next time you face a problem - any problem - don't call your mother (certainly not your former mother-in-law) or a therapist, minister, gardener, or another professional.

Why We Chose To Have Stagflation

February 27, 1978

For years economists have been chastised for their inability to find a way out of stagflation, the miserable combination of high unemployment and high inflation that has afflicted the U.S. in the 1970s.

News That is Both National and Local

January 01, 1978

A social scientist suggests ways to find and cover trends that may be developing in many scattered communities.

Anti-Poverty Insurance

January 01, 1978

Most policy-makers view poverty as akin to a stagnant pool which may be slowly drained as each individual or family trapped there is helped to climb out.

Out From Under Those Government Forms

December 13, 1977

Once in a while one cannot escape the feeling that particular public policies are the handiwork of persons whose usual work is dreaming up bumper stickers, fortunes for Chinese cookies, book jacket blurbs and Madison Avenue jingles. How otherwise could one account for our fondness for short, flashy formulations that trivialize highly complex issue

Relief For the Cities: A Bond Swap

November 13, 1977

New York City keeps deferring its return to fund-raising from the private sector through the sale of new bonds, and continues to rely ever more on Washington handouts and allotments. Currently more than 15 percent of the city’s labor force is being paid with Federal monies. Indeed, bond-rating experts suggest that it would take New York a decade before it could sell bonds on a continuing basis. The reason usually given for the city’s inability to float new bonds or notes is that they will find no buyers.

What Our FBI Files Tell About the FBI

November 11, 1977

I do not know who started it, but in 1972 the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted a lengthy inquiry into my past. Someone had charged that "Etzioni had made statements critical of the United States' foreign policy, that he had defended the position of Red China and the Soviet Union, and had made unwarranted accusations against the military and intelligence organizations of the United States."