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The Culture Consumers

reviewed by Edward Joseph Shoben, Jr. - 1965

coverTitle: The Culture Consumers
Author(s): A. Toffler
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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The problem of leadership in a democratic society is an old and knotty one. Elitist traditions are ideologically repugnant at the same time that they possess a vital validity, and egalitarian dreams color and in some measure distort our perceptions of the special groups that stand and have characteristically stood in positions of power in the world's democracies. Yet an aristocracy of merit seems to have held the tiller in every viable ship of state that has sailed toward widespread liberty and opportunity as human ideals. In the United States, that necessary aristocracy of merit has been supplied by the white Anglo-Saxon Protestants (WASPs), whose authority has derived from long-held concepts of competence and public responsibility. In The Protestant Establishment (New York: Random House, 1964. Pp. xv + 429. $6.95.), E. Digby Baltzell presents a case, both moving and well documented, for the upsetting deterioration in recent years of that source... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 66 Number 5, 1965, p. 479-479
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2613, Date Accessed: 6/1/2020 1:43:46 AM

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