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Are the Blackstone Rangers a corrupt, exploitive street gang? Or a constructive engine of community black power?
Fifteen brief musical record reviews
One of the creatively conlroirrsial books of the late 1950s and early 1960s in America teas John Kenneth Galbraith’s THE AFFLUENT SOCIETY. It brought wit and charm into the usually forbidding discussion of economics and contributed numerous words and phrases to the language of that inexact science. The book helped to pel the country thinking about the true nature and disposition of its wealth. Note, ten and a fraction years after, when tee have come to see the irony of its title, THE AFFLUENT SOCIETY is appearing in a revised edition. In this introduction to the new edition, to be issued in May by Houghton Mifflin Company, the Haul M. Warburg Professor of Economics at Harvard, and former Kennedy Ambassador to India, looks back on the origins of the book, discusses its relevance to the contemporary scene and the instances in which deirlopmenls hair impelled him to change his mind.
If this is the era for assaulting university presidents and prancing nude in Harvard houses, can life in a typical college fraternity still be the same? To the hopflavored surprise of Mr. Gold, author of FATHERS, THE MAN WHO WAS NOT WITH IT, and other novels, the answer — at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in any case — proved to be, Yes.