ALLOCATION: Formula for Rationing

When SPAB last week announced that it was preparing allocation (i. e., rationing) of "all critical materials throughout American industry," it sounded like big stuff, all-out, almost totalitarian. But Washington correspondents were not impressed, and they were right.

The announcement meant that the outlines of allocation (which is inevitable) were beginning to take shape. But the controls and knowledge to make allocation work were still lacking.

Said Don Nelson truly last week: "It is uncertainty that bothers everybody. It always bothers me." In SPAB, there is still no shortage of uncertainty—particularly in...

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