Progressive programs today have difficulty in finding a constituency that will demand basic redistribution of resources in the society. Progressive forces have demanded, of course, that the war in Vietnam be ended, and have hoped that this will lead to increased investment and greater public control in the social welfare sector of the society.
A swift end to the Vietnam war would be a victory for liberal and radical intellectuals, students, and a great number of silent Americans. But it will be only a partial victory if there is no major shift in resources, if the missile race continues and the concern about phony “gaps” remains central to the country’s economy. Basic change is most unlikely in light of the new conservative power in America and the disunity among progressive forces who have shifted their attention to local agendas....
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