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‘Great Society’ Review: A ‘Mystical Belief’ in the State

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The architects of the antipoverty programs devised in the 1960s were intoxicated by America’s postwar prosperity—and heedless of unintended consequences.

 

How can government get rid of poverty? It’s a question that gets asked not in a society where almost everyone is poor but in one giddy with surging growth and concerned about those who seem left behind—a society whose leaders have “an almost mystical belief in the infinite potentials of American society.”

 

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