Essay: THOUGHTS ON A TROUBLED EL DORADO

TIME'S Managing Editor, Henry Grunwald, recently completed a three-week tour of the U.S. His impressions:

As one moves through today's America, a set of terms from South Africa comes to mind: verkrampte, meaning literally "the cramped ones," or "the closed-minded," and verligte, literally "the enlightened ones." or "the open-minded." Perhaps those terms define the most significant division in our deeply divided country.

One is tempted to speak, in Disraeli's phrase, of two nations—"two nations between whom there is no intercourse and no sympathy; who are as ignorant of each other's habits, thoughts,...

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