The Public Interest

Small-Town America: Myth and Reality

Benjamin Stein & Herbert Fingarette

Winter 1977

BENJAMIN STEIN’S ”Whatever Happened to Small-Town America?”, in issue No. 44 (Summer 1976) of The Public Interest, was remarkable in its many inaccuracies—about Hollywood and its portrayal of small towns, and about small towns themselves. The conclusion of the article, that left-wing and liberal Jewish writers in Hollywood are subverting innocent (non-Jewish) moviegoers and television watchers, reminded me of similar charges made 50 years ago by the right-wing opponents of Weimar democracy.

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