A Pretty Good Society

When President Lyndon Johnson described his vision of the Great Society in 1964, he spoke of a civilization where "the city of man serves not only the needs of the body and the demands of commerce but the desire for beauty and the hunger for community. . . Where the demands of morality, and the needs of the spirit, can be realized in the life of the nation." With these lofty words, he launched the most ambitious agenda of social and economic reform since the days of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The New Deal, which bequeathed to us what we know as...

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