The Public Interest

Is culture the culprit?

Aaron Wildavsky

Fall 1993

THEORY IS GOLDEN. In its normative mode, it connects us to what we ought to do; in its empirical expression, it connects what we have done to the actual consequences for ourselves and for others. The Dream and the Nightmare: The Sixties” Legacy to the Underclass is important because it presents a theory explaining how the policies born of the moral vision of the 1960s created unfortunate consequences both for those the policies were designed to help and for those who wrongly believed they were helping.

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