THE U.S. A STRONG & STABLE LAND Progressive Conservatism Is Its Mood

In a republic like the U.S., the real news of the nation's political future and its economic direction lies in people who seldom see a reporter. Last month TIME'S Contributing Editor Alvin Josephy set out to talk to these people. He drove 7,400 miles westward through Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Iowa, along the Oregon Trail through central Nebraska and Wyoming, across northern Utah and southern Idaho, into eastern Oregon and Washington, then back through Montana, the Dakotas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the northern counties of the Midwest farm states. He chose dirt-section line roads in preference to highways, the little towns over...

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