A Decade of Federal Antipoverty Programs. Achievements, by Robert H. Haveman

By Robert H. Haveman

Paperback, 392 pages, 6 x 0.9 x nine inches, Written through Robert H. Haveman for the Institute for learn on Poverty Poverty coverage research sequence.

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Wiley and the Fight for Pure S e e , in general, Robert Hamlett Bremner, From the Depths: The Discovery United States (New York: N e w York University Press, 1956). of Poverty Food in the Lawrence M. Friedman 30 charity" was a "fruitful cause of pauperism and c r i m e . " Perhaps this was a point of view that we would expect in an expanding economy with a shortage of labor; the fear of work disincentives, however, persists over the years. Not that pauperism was considered entirely an individual pathology.

Moreover, the national government is large, complicated, and at least physically remote. Many actions of that government seem to affect most people only indirectly. Others affect people slowly. Therefore, image and bustle, the appearance of important action, become terribly important. Another facet of modern culture is the blurring of the distinction between the state and the private sector. The government has some responsibility for everything. This even applies to natural disasters, where, one might think, the government should at least be absolved from causal blame.

Y . : Oceana Publications, 1966), pp. 6, 12. ed. Robinson C . Social/Political Context of the War on Poverty 37 This passage, extolling Head Start, breathes faith in social engineering. Such a faith had to go along with the idea that new techniques would supplement and ultimately replace "transfer payments"; otherwise the war on poverty was meaningless. The central statute, then, was an "economic opportunity act," not a "poverty" act, "Poverty," intoned Senator Bible of Nevada, during the debate over the bill, is not an "economic problem" for the poor; it is a "way of life, a culture.

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