Human Beings Are Not Very Easy To Change After All

June 03, 1972

A while back there was a severe shortage of electricity in New York City, and Columbia University tried to help out in two ways: A card reading "Save a watt" was placed on everyone's desk and janitors removed some light bulbs from university corridors.

The Woman’s Movement–Tokens vs. Objectives

May 20, 1972

As far as recognition is concerned, Women's Liberation has made it.

Americans Reject Their Constitution: What is to be Done?

May 01, 1972

Large segments of the American people unhesitatingly reject the Constitution of the United States.

The Make Believe War on Pollution

April 19, 1972

I’d like to shift gears and move from consideration of highily technical matters in the area of water quality, control and statistics and look at our efforts at dealing with pollution in general and, to some degree, water pollution from a social science viewpoint.

Research in Teaching Colleges?

April 03, 1972

My being considered for the presidency of a 30,000-student state college cam as no surprise at all as the rate college presidents were resigning for the last two year, anyone who, like myself, had survived as a chairman of a major department at a nationally visible university was almost automatically considered.

Continuity and Discontinuity in the Contemporary Crisis of Meaning

April 01, 1972

At least since Karl Mannheim published his essays on “Diagnosis of Our Time” and “The Crisis in Valuation,”’ it has been recognized that the erosion of legitimation and the loss of meaning are twin sources of Western civilization’s deep crisis.

The Untapped Potential of the Third Sector

April 01, 1972

The philosophy which underlies President Nixon's domestic efforts in his first term in office is now evident.

Cable TV: Instant Shopping or Participatory Technology

December 01, 1971

Cable TV has been in existence for at least two decades.

What Cable TV Could Mean

November 20, 1971

Cable television provides a technology which could radically alter many aspects of our lives.

On Changing Societies

July 01, 1971

Societies were once viewed as natural entities found, like a jungle tribe, in a primal condition and able to change their character from, say, agrarian to industrial without any one person or group of people having planned the change.

Policy Research

June 01, 1971

Policy research is concerned with mapping alternative approaches and with specifying potential differences in the intention, effect, and cost of various programs.


April 30, 1971

Throughout history, violence-killing, maiming, and the willful destruction of property-occurs in all societies.

The Policy of Open Admissions

March 16, 1971

Recent decisions to open admission to somc of our institutions of higher learning is one which will have pervasive effects on thc next generation of Americans, the economy, the culture of this society, the quality of its sciences, as well as its humnnities, and the extent to which social justice will be realized.

Harvard Educational Review 41

February 01, 1971

Harvard Educational Review 41, No. 1 (February 1971), pp. 87-98. (Charles E. Silberman, Crisis in the Classroom).

The Danger Behind Revenue Sharing

January 30, 1971

Revenue sharing is to the end financial drought that shriveles our domestic programs.