Nation: Strength Through Misery

Most congressional criticism of the federal anti-poverty program sounds bland and almost timid compared with Saul David Alinsky's views on the subject. Alinsky is a free-lance anti-poverty warrior and self-styled "professional radical" who has spent 27 of his 57 years in the business. "He thinks," says an OEO official, "that he owns the poor." To which Alinsky replies that the Administration program is "the greatest feeding trough that has come along for the welfare industry in years." Ridiculing the paper-sifting public-welfare bureaucracy, he once snorted: "If the road to hell is paved with...

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