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Is it better to be loved than feared, or the reverse? The answer is that one would like to be both, but because it is difficult to fit them together, it is much more secure to be feared than loved, if it is necessary to do without one of the two.

—Machiavelli in The Prince

When it comes to his relationship with the business community, Lyndon Johnson does not believe that it is necessary to do without either—but he is certainly acting like a man who knows where the choice lies. Last week, after an intricate and mystery-shrouded confrontation that...

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