The Democrats Need a Unifying Theme

October 05, 1984

The Democratic Party desperately needs a unifying and mobilizing theme – something that has eluded it ever since the Great Society ran out of public support. We will not find such a theme until we learn the difference between style and substance – and start to think more clearly about what really concerns the American people.

Nice Guys Finish First: Today’s Television Heroes

August 01, 1984

Recently an old movie and TV formula has been reversed - with considerable success. The bad guys have become the good guys, and the good guys are almost too good to be true.

Military Industry’s Threat to National Security

April 06, 1984

Defense analysts have long understood the need to keep careful watch over the defense industry and the role it plays in shaping our military policy. Yet few people seem to have noticed the disturbing way that many defense contractors are encouraging the Government to neglect preparations for conventional war and thus rely increasingly on nuclear weapons.

Students need Self-Discipline

February 13, 1984

Here he goes again. President Reagan captured, in a grossly oversimplified and dangerously distorted manner, an issue that needs addressing. The President has called for restoring discipline in schools, and the White House is said to favor greater use of police departments to restore law and order in schools.

Industrial Incentive

December 16, 1983

Industrial policy is criticized, even by liberals and Democrats, as requiring a degree of political integrity and wisdom on the part of the Government that America cannot hope to achieve. There may be something to such criticisms, but an intelligent industrial policy could get around them. Such a policy would rely on incentives rather than on Government planning and control, and would reward particular economic activities (capital formation, research and development, more effective use of human resources) rather than selected industries (computers, bio-technology)– and thus probably could work even in our less than perfect society.

The Industry Called Parenting

September 01, 1983

Even as we admire the prospects of technology, we cannot disregard the human factor, which increasingly appears to be coming unhinged.

The MITIzation of America

July 01, 1983

From half a dozen Democratic study groups, caucuses, a think tank, and-more indirectly-from statements by several Democratic presidential hopefuls, a new theme is rising: industrial policy.

Some Protectionism

May 26, 1983

Unfortunately, so far, most of our protection has been of the wrong kind.

One Way to Keep Inflation Down

May 21, 1983

Bringing down the fever of inflation–albeit at tremendous human and economic cost– is the easy part. The tough part is to keep it down. The United States reduced it before, three times just between 1970 and 1982, using similar sadomasochistic recessionary baths. But it always flared again, each time rising higher than it had been before the recession.

The Essential Family

May 01, 1983

The family is widely considered the "first" institution, the elementary cell of social life. It is here that maturity is first experienced and civility is first taught.

A Remedy for Overeducation – A Year of Required National Service

May 01, 1983

If one looks at American schooling as a whole, one sees that it is top-heavy.

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American Journal of Sociology

May 01, 1983

American Journal of Sociology 88, No. 6 (May 1983): pp. 1296-1297. (Samuel P. Huntington, American Politics: The Promise of Disharmony.)

The Reindustrialization of America

May 01, 1983

Can't we have both social progress and economic progress? I have often been asked this question during discussions of the current conflict in America between those who seek an improved 'quality of life' and those who favor rededication to economic growth. I have been asked if I think it is possible for America to de- velop new energy sources, increase productivity, keep consumer products flowing, and at the same time use the growing wealth to purchase an environment, a workplace, and consumer products that are healthier and safer.

Investment is Critical to Industrial Growth

April 01, 1983

Contemporary America is largely shaped by a core project of economic devleopment that lasted from the 1820s to the 1920s.

On Not Being Your Own Best Friend

February 19, 1983

If you listen to those who tell you to be your own best friend, you will end up dressing for dinner - with your TV set; talking your problems over - with your cat; and discovering that your phone rings no better on the hook than off it. If you go out into the world watching out for Numero Uno, who do you think all those you run into will be watching out for? How well will you like the resulting dog-eat-dog world? Have you seen the mysterious hand that is supposed to see to it that, as we each pull the blanket our way, we all remain covered?