Nation: An Indictment of the War on Poverty By a Man Who Helped to Plan It

DANIEL PATRICK MOYNIHAN is the best-known practitioner in the U.S. of that new specialty called ur-banology. As the recently appointed head of Richard Nixon's projected Cabinet-level Council on Urban Af fairs, he will have a hand in reshaping the nation's existing antipoverty programs. Judging from a book to be published by Macmillan in February, it will not be a gentle hand. In a searing indictment of Lyndon Johnson's war on poverty, Moynihan contends that the much ballyhooed effort was oversold, underplanned and seriously "flawed" in execution. Writes Moynihan in the opening words of...

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