The Nation: Birthday for Common Cause

I think we've gone hog wild in putting all our hopes on White House leadership. We have to develop other sources of drive and imagination. This is a time of interlocking revolutions. There is a very serious question as to whether our institutions can hold together under the enormous strains of those changes. Somebody has to make them work.

—John Gardner

One year ago, the former Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare left the relative calm of the Urban Coalition to try an experiment in making American institutions work. John Gardner's notion was to create a citizens' superlobby called Common Cause; his dream...

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