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Ben B. Seligman

Ben B. Seligman

The OEO The Great Society's Poor Law: A New Approach to Poverty. by Sar A. Levitan. Johns Hopkins. 348 pp. $7.95. It should be made clear at the outset...

How does one review encyclopedias? Elephantine conglomerations of knowledge, they are likely to leave one dazed after several perusals. Perusals rather than readings, for one...

Not too long ago, housewives rebelled all over America. Protesting rising food prices, they picketed supermarkets across the country, and as clerks were furloughed for...

Men will always demand an explanation for their perception of economic reality and a justification for their economic actions. If we can call a body...

Those Dark, Satanic Mills The Making of the English Working Class. by E. P. Thompson. Pantheon. 848 pp. $15.00. To a generation reared on classical economic history, it was...

In 1944, MARK I—an electromechanical digital computer with over 760,000 parts and 500 miles of wire—was completed. It was a rather slow machine: addition or...

The Underclass Challenge to Affluence. by Gunnar Myrdal. Pantheon. 172 pages. $3.95. Before I start to talk about this wonderful little book—wonderful because it speaks bluntly of fundamental issues—I...

We must release the human imagination in order to open up a new exploration of the alternatives now possible for the human community; we must...

Automation is said to have ancient beginnings. To be sure, the technology from which it stems goes back several centuries, at least. Automatic devices in...

We are suffering from the intolerable competition of a foreign rival . . . in a condition so far superior to our own for the...

Lewis A. Coser—an associate professor of sociology at Brandeis—and Ben B. Seligman—a labor economist—here comment on “Affluence, Galbraith, the Democrats,” an article by Ernest van...

A Labor Chronicle The A. F. of L. From the Death of Gompers to the Merger. by Philip Taft. Harper. 499 pp. $7.50.   The turbulent history of labor was...