Nation: The Age in Perspective

The major advances in civilization are processes which all but wreck the societies in which they occur. —Alfred North Whitehead

If it sometimes seems as if American society is close to being wrecked, and if it is unclear whether the cause is an advance or a retreat in civilization, one must step back for a better view. Dissent and protest, black bitterness and white resentment, ghetto and suburb, student riot and police reprisal must be seen from a certain distance if they are not to become hopelessly blurred. America's conflicts are the products...

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