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Toward a Swedenized America

December 11, 1976

Will the new President seek to turn the nation into a Swedenized America, or will he be content to backpaddle toward some lesser form of welfare state?

Old People and Public Policy

December 01, 1976

My view is that in general older persons can be expected to benefit, in terms of their self-view and the image of them held by others, the moretheir problems arehandled via broad-based “universalistic” social policies aimed at coping with social problems as they affect all citizens and the society at large rather than via “par- ticularistic” old-age-oriented policies, although these latter are necessary where more universalistic approaches are not available for one reason or another.

Deinstitutionalization, Public Policy Fashion

December 01, 1976

Among the curses afflicting mental patients. disabled persons, children and the aged-in short society’s weakest and most vulnerable members are the vicissitudes of fashion in public policy.

The Husband’s Rights in Abortion

November 01, 1976

When a married woman seeks and abortion, does her husband have any rights regarding the decision?

How the Poor Find a Doctor

October 25, 1976

Contrary to widespread supposition, the poor know more about the health facilities in the locations where they live than do members of the middle class.

The President and American Ethics

August 11, 1976

The president elected this year could put shoring up America's ethic in a high place on the nation's agenda.

Amniocentesis: A Pandora's Box

August 01, 1976

Amniocentesis  is a medical marvel. It allows us to gain information about the genetic formation of the fetus and, if mongoloid, allows the parents the option of aborting the fetus. Mongolism is a terrible illness, involving severe retardation and often distortion of one or more vital organs, and the human costs in guilt, conflict, and tension to most families who have mongoloid children are hard to overstate. Moreover, the public cost for the care of mongoloids runs into more than $1.7 billion a year. Is amniocentesis not unlike the Salk vaccine, to be used first to halve, eventually to eradicate mongolism from our society via mass testing and abortion? 

Restoring the Faith

July 25, 1976

Come inauguration day, as far as one can foresee, the next President will not be preoccupied by a war, a core-up or a recession, the three major immediate sources of the nation's self-doubt, loss of direction and crisis of confidence.

Rules for Using Forecasts and Forecasters

June 01, 1976

A nation's ability to control its destiny depends crucially on the way it uses its experts on the future, says a noted sociologist. For one thing it should evaluate them more systematically, perhaps by grading them like bonds (AAA, AA, etc.) on their reliability.

Social Casework

May 01, 1976

Social Casework 57, No. 5 (May 1976), pp. 348-49. (Leonard Goodwin, Can Social Science Help Resolve National Problems?: Welfare, A Case in Point.)

Society

March 02, 1976

Society 13, No. 3 (March/April, 1976), pp. 71-72 (Paul Ramsey, The Ethics of Fetal Research.)

After Nuclear War, What America?

December 10, 1975

Like a ghost returned from a grave, a debate which ran high in the Fifties and early Sixties returns to haun American policymakers, intellectuals and concrened citicens: COuld we ever be the first to strike the enemy with nuclear weapons?

Amitai Etzioni Head Shot

Guaranteeing the Peace: Israeli Concessions

July 19, 1975

American utopianism is being applied to Israel these days with a vengeance. Israel, it is argued, should relinquish the Arab territories it has held for purposes of strategic defense either through piecemeal (but rapid) withdrawals or all at once in a grand gesture of good faith. It should do this because it will eventually have to give up the territories anyhow, because such concessions are the only avenue to peace, and because the sophisticated weaponry now available to the Arabs has invalidated the concept of buffer zones.

A Creative Adaptation to a World of Rising Shortages

July 01, 1975

“A Creative Adaptation to a World of Rising Shortages,”in John Calhoun (ed.) Environment and Population: Problems of Adaptation (New York: Praeger, 1983), pp. 260-264.

Amniocentesis: A Case Study in the Management of Genetic Engineering

May 01, 1975

Insight into how American society is dealing with recent and potentially far-reaching breakthroughs in genetics and bio-medicine and the personal, social, legal and moral issues they raise, can be gained :hrough studying the fate of one significant new intervention: amniocen- tesis, a test of the amniotic fluid for the purpose of gaining gcnetic information about the fetus. While the cloning of human beings,”test-tube“ babies, genetic surgcry and many other often debated genetic tools are for the present-still science fiction, amniocentesis is already, being performed increasingly on pregnant women and used in deciding whcther or not the fetus should be aborted.