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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?

To Improve Schools Teachers Must Lead Children in New Direction

February 01, 1983

"We must get the government off our backs" is a catch phrase that captures the social philosophy currently dominant in the United States.

The Reindustrialization of Vocational Education

January 01, 1983

“Vocational education is not a priority,” lamented Richard Arnold, division manager of the Community Educational Relations Department of AT&T.

A Management Computer for the President

January 01, 1983

In July 1979, a New York Times reporter called the White House press office with what seemed at first a routine query.

A Top Management Computer

January 01, 1983

A computerized comprehensive management tracking system for the President of the United States was created.

Imposing Virtue on America

November 10, 1982

If every American schoolchild were to recite a voluntary prayer each morning; no abortion were to be performed legally or even in backrooms; pornography were not to be had, even in plain wrappers; and the death penalty were meted out twice a week - all this would do precious little for those who made these issues the hard core of their social agenda.

The Role of Self-Discipline

November 01, 1982

Much of the talk about the cognitive deficiencies exhibited by many U. S Pupils tends to focus on teaching methods (e.g., phonics versus sight-reading) and teaching resources (e.g., mumbers and qualifications fo teachers).

Are Scams and Stings Out of Control?

September 19, 1982

IT'S TIME WE APPLY to politicians a notion they fondly embrace when dealing with criminal members of other occupational groups: Let's be a bit less concerned with the rights of the criminals and more worried about the rights of the victims. Let's be a bit less concerned with the exact ways corruption of elected public officials is uncovered -- and much more concerned with reducing corruption in public life.

The Fight Against Fraud and Abuse: Analyzing Constituent Support

September 01, 1982

Most efforts to combat fraud and abuse have relied on a punitive-deterrent approach, assuming that higher penalties and stricter enforcemeni will both punish present offenders and deter potential ones.

Making Interest Groups work for the Public

August 01, 1982

If there is one subject which divided political scientists and the public, it is interest groups.

Prematurely Burying Our Industrial Society

June 28, 1982

It is intellectually chic to say that the United States is changing from an inductrial society to a high-technology society.

Toward a Political Psychology of Economics

June 25, 1982

This paper explores the relationship between economics and the other social sciences and the implications for public policymaking.  

The Balanced Budget Amendment–Simplistic

June 08, 1982

The call for a constitutional amendment to balance the budget reminds me of those defeated people who, having utterly failed to control their calorie intake, have their jaws wired shut. This act of desperation is an open admission of their inability to control their impulses. For a handful of individuals to give up on moderating their eating may be pitiful, but for a nation to go so far toward despair of its public institutions is acutely disturbing.

From Nuggets to Dross: The False Gleam of the Gold Standard

March 15, 1982

The gold standard is being actively promoted these days by a group of true believers who combine fervent believe in their positions with well-honed communications skills and a wild use of facts, analogies, and free-for-all conclusions.