The American Disease

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The American Disease

By George C. Lodge
Knopf, 1984
352 pp. $18.95
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The many indicators of poor performance by the American economy are symptoms of "an ideological schizophrenia" whose causes are "psychological, philosophical, and religious." Sometimes our institutions adapt to contemporary needs but do not acknowledge the change; sometimes they stick to old ideas and fail to make the changes they should. In making his case-which will not persuade everyone-Professor Lodge covers a wide range of subjects with vivid case illustrations and ends up with recommendations about government, business and labor that move towards what he calls "communitarian" principles. His vigorous arguments are supplemented by excellent material from interviews with business and labor leaders and others that add to the interest of this challenging book.