AMERICAN NOTES: Thinking Small

Even Dr. Pangloss would scarcely contend that this is the best of all possible worlds in the U.S. summer of '75. Though the economy shows some signs of recovery, 8.5 million Americans looking for jobs cannot find them, including nearly half the black teen-agers in the tinderbox ghettos. Inflation, though abating, continues to gnaw at the income of those who have work. Oil prices will go up; state and local governments seem in danger of going broke. From the Middle East to Korea, the world remains a hazardous place. And yet there is in the land a sense of...

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