Every week that passes without firm evidence of impending victory in the war against inflation intensifies the debate over the Nixon Administration's economic strategy. As the debate grows louder, it also grows more confused. Milton Friedman and other "monetarist" economists warn that the Federal Reserve Board may already have tightened credit enough to raise a threat of "severe economic contraction." A.F.L.-C.I.O. President George Meany and Economist John Kenneth Galbraith insist that the restraints are ineffective and that only some form of wage and price control can slow price increases.

Nixon's men themselves seem increasingly unsure about whether their policy is working. Labor...

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