THE MOOD: Of Crisis and Confidence

Shaken severely by the three Furies of Watergate, inflation and energy crisis, large numbers of Americans have lately lost faith in their leaders and institutions. The people are looking inward—to community, family and self —and discovering a new spirit of self-reliance. Yet by demonstrating their disenchantment with their public officeholders—large numbers of whom will surely be turned out this fall—the people are also creating a power vacuum at the national level. Says Bill Moyers, the former presidential press secretary who now travels the length and breadth of the land to find material...

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