Poverty and Progress

"Poverty and Progress," The American Scholar, Autumn 1964.

If there are no other victories whatever-and there will be-the war on poverty at least began with a notable advance for semantics. A nation that does dearly love nice things and soft words, that calls graveyards cemeteries and is now turning to “gardens of repose,” was for once encouraged to call a particularly ugly fact by its rightful name.

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