National Affairs: The Power of Priorities

Last week a veil was suddenly clawed away, and the U.S. got a quick, bewildering look at a desperate moment in the struggle for the most important place of control of the national economy: the power of making and enforcing priorities which will inevitably mean life & death to whole industries.

Until last week, World War IPs priorities operations had been divided and subdivided. In the Office of Production Management, priorities were theoretically managed by Edward P. Stettinius as priorities chief in charge of raw materials and commodity production; and certainly affected by...

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