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How I Tried to Save You $2 Billion

February 18, 1979

This is a story about $2 billion I tried to save taxpayers (I mean you ), how I got chewed up by the bureaucracy and where -- in these inflation-fighting, deficit-cutting days -- this petty cash matter hangs now.

Jimmy Carter’s Lonely Pulpit

January 01, 1979

Despite some recent success in the Mideast peace talks, the President still has to learn that it takes more than a few prayers and public appeals to pass legislation in this mundane world.

Beyond Integration, Toward Guidability

January 01, 1979

Integration of population and development policies is a sound idea, but it provides insufficient basis for devising relevant public policies.  

Work in the American Future: Reindustrialization or Quality of Life

January 01, 1979

“Work in the American Future: Reindustrialization or Quality of Life,” in Clark Kerr and Jerome M. Rosow (eds.) Work in America: The Decade Ahead (New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, 1979), pp. 27-34. Reprinted in part as “A.B.C.: Choose One,” J.C. Penney Forum (Spring/Summer 1980), pp. 4-7.

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.