The Public Interest

COMMENT - Government by commission

Daniel Bell

Spring 1966

The National Commission on Technology, Automation and Economic Progress was, as they say, a “blue ribbon” Commission. It had, among its fourteen members, such public luminaries as Walter Reuther, Thomas J. Watson, and Edwin Land. The Commission itself had been created by Congressional act and its members, though chosen by the President, were subject to Senate confirmation. It had a million dollars to spend as it willed, and a professional staff of eleven, plus the resources of a dozen governmental agencies to assemble whatever data it needed.

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