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An old hand at raking muck, the author balked at permitting that hand to be fingerprinted as the price of a job teaching her craft at one of California's giant campuses. Therein lay the rub; read on.
“My first priority is to work with you to bring inflation under control,” Gerald Ford told the Congress. “The state of our economy is not so good.” In this first of two articles dealing with the problems confronting the new President, an economist suggests how the government might attack the pernicious and seemingly contradictory phenomena of ballooning inflation and growing unemployment. In the second article, beginning on page 48, a former State Department official takes issue with President Ford’s other major commitment. “I have fully supported the foreign policy of President Nixon,” said Mr. Ford. “This I intend to continue. . . . There will be no change of course.” Why there should be a profound change of methods, and at least some change of course, is argued by Thomas L. Hughes.
Slogans lacking substance, personalities upstaging policies these have been the characteristics of the Nixon-Kissinger foreign policy. So says Mr. Hughes, in this argument for a return to methods that put measures over men, and principles above procedures.
Writing in last month’s Atlantic, architect Peter Blake raised, as he put it, “nine outrageous questions about modern architecture that modern architects do not raise very frequently.” He put them in the form of “notions or assumptions” that have been “drilled into every modern architect over the past halfcentury,” (see next page) and called them all false, or “largely so.” Said Blake in summary: “I have seen the future, and it doesn’t work.” The Atlantic invited architects, writers on the subject, planners, builders, and officials past and present to respond. Herewith a sampling, traveling the spectrum from outrage to concord.
If there’s an American who will beat Bobby Fischer, he’s probably in this room right now.
Last-ditch talks usually avert a costly walkout, especially if an agreement can be hammered out.