THE NATION: The Issue of Purpose

As the nation's most damaging steel strike dragged toward a court-enforced halt, as the television industry sagged under disclosures of mass deceit and wholesale perjury, newsmen were primed with some uncommonly philosophical questions at the President's press conference last week. Essentially, they were asking: Has American society lost its moral vitality?

The President did not think so. The TV scandal touched off by the confessions of Charles Van Doren (see SHOW BUSINESS) seemed to leave the U.S. "bewildered," said he. It reminded him of the time when the Chicago White Sox were...

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