Lyndon Johnson's slogan has virtually faded
from public consciousness, but there really is a Great Societyor at
least a moderately good one. Despite growing criticism of the
Kennedy-Johnson years, and widespread disillusionment with the highly
touted social programs of the 1960s, despite the Nixon Administration's
retreat from social experimentation and innovation, more was
accomplished in the last decade than most people realize, and much of
that accomplishment endures. Such is the thesis of the current issue of
the Public Interest, one of America's foremost journals of social and
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