CONSTRUCTION: Down With Conspiracy

"The building trades are a vast conspiracy against every boy & girl who falls in love and wants to build a home."

This pungent language came last week, not from a New Dealing trustbuster, but from suave, 44-year-old William Burnett Benton, advertising millionaire (Benton & Bowles) and university vice president (Chicago), now executive secretary of the Committee for Economic Development. (C.E.D. is Big Business' biggest attempt yet to take the lead away from Government in postwar planning.)

Benton spoke at Cincinnati's Hotel Netherland Plaza, where the American Institute of Architects and the Producers'...

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