The Mighty and the Obscene  

When 33 Haitians, whose frail craft had capsized, drowned and were washed ashore on Florida beaches last November while 34 others managed to swim ashore, what do you suppose agitated some government officials, apart from their declared policy of preventing …



Food Assistance and the Left  

Liberals and leftists often find themselves in the uncomfortable position of either defending welfare programs they know to be insufficient or running the risk of losing the modest benefits those programs provide. This was the situation last spring when the …



Troubles in the Coal Fields  

The coal strike of 1977-78 resulted in a serious defeat for the United Mine Workers’ Union. After a remarkable display of solidarity, the miners returned to work on March 27 dissatisfied and discouraged. The final contract gave them a 37 …



Blue Collars, Cap & Gown  

A new “crisis” in capitalist social organization has begun to command the attention of scholars and commentators—the much-discussed problem of “overeducation” in America—a problem that one necessarily approaches with some caution. For decades now, liberal intellectuals have looked to education …



The Poor Countries and the Rich—a Few Steps Forward  

Three years ago, at its Sixth Special Session, the United Nations General Assembly adopted by consensus two resolutions entitled “Declaration on the Establishment of a New International Economic Order” and “Programme of Action on the Establishment of a New International …



Swedish Elections—a Test for Socialism?  

It was widely, and correctly, noted after the defeat of Sweden’s Social Democratic party that the new “bourgeois” government was unlikely to turn back the clock on the welfare-state policies for which Sweden is renowned. (Swedes, including members of these …



Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago: Part Two  

The second volume of Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago has now appeared. Where the first volume consisted in a detailed investigation of everything that preceded the arrival of millions of Soviet people in Stalin’s concentration camps—the system of arrests, the various forms …



Textbook War in West Virginia  

The people of West Virginia are victims. They are the victims of powerful and cunning outsiders, of themselves and their own kind, and of social and historical forces with regard to which they have no control or understanding. For a …



A Modest Proposal for True Competition  

If a clear resolution seems lacking for such vexing problems as unemployment and high prices, recrimination is not. Labor blames business, business blames labor, and both blame the federal government. Not to be outdone, the federal government blames local government—at …