The Counter-Culture and its Apologists:1 - An Epistle to the Americans
FIRST, the politics of the matter. Is it possible to dislike Spiro T. Agnew and also dislike the Scranton Report?* The answer is yes. Can one like Agnew and like the Report? Yes. Can one like Agnew and dislike the Report? Still yes. Finally, can one dislike Agnew and like the Report? All yes, forever yes. There is something for everyone here.
There are two major questions that must be asked about such a Report as this one. First, is it a useful and accurate answer to the problem specifically assigned the Commission by the President? Second, is the effect of the Report likely to be beneficent, harmful, or merely innocuous?
My answer to the first question is that it contains some very useful and accurate materials, the result of some good staff work, but that the thrust, the overall implication, of the Report is far from either useful or accurate. And my answer to the second question is that its effect will range somewhere between the harmful and the innocuous.
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