Basic Characterological Needs and Changing Social Systems

January 01, 1977

“Basic Characterological Needs and Changing Social Systems,” in Gordon T. DiRenzo (ed.) We, the People: American Character and Social Change (Westport: Greenwood Press, 1977), pp. 273-284.

Health As a Social Priority

January 01, 1977

Among knowledgeable thinkers concerned with the relationship between health and society, there seems recently to have emerged a concensus of sorts.



Societal Overload: Sources, Components, and Corrections

January 01, 1977


"Societal Overload: Sources, Components, and Corrections" Political Science Quarterly, Volume 92, Issue 4 (Winter, 1977 - Winter, 1978), 607-631

After a long eclipse of the conservative position in social science, neoconservative social scientists have recently begun to take part in public dialogue about the present state of American society.<--break->

The Neoconservatives

January 01, 1977

Among those anticipating, promoting, participating in and benefiting from the past few years' shift to the right in the national mood is a group of social observers and essayist who are coming to be called "neocoservatives."

The Push for Moral Education in Schools

December 12, 1976

The next time many American parents look over their children's homework, they may well have a surprise coming.

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.)