Nation: Quixotic Quest

Tilting at the major parties

"Our system today no more resembles free enterprise than a freeway resembles a dirt road." So said Environmentalist Barry Commoner, 62, a professor at Washington University in St. Louis, last week as he launched a drive to form the Citizens Party. The new political party will promote alternative energy programs, environmental issues and greater government control of big corporations. Said Commoner: "Elevating the national interest above vested private interests is the heart of what the Citizens Party is all about."

Among Commoner's fellow organizers are Chicago Author Studs Terkel (Working); Maggie Kuhn of the Gray Panthers in...

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