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July 1, 1968

Freeport Journal-Standard from Freeport, Illinois · Page 7

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RUSSELL BAKER; Tongue In Cheek All The World Has Hardening Of The Arteries reeport (III.) Journal-Standard Mon., July 1, 1968 Pg. 7 © IMS, NY Times News Service WASHINGTON -Everywhere you look these days institutions seem to be suffering from hardening of the arteries. Congress is an obvious case. So is the Democratic party. So are organized labor, the universities, NATO, the family and communism, to cite only, the more obvious examples. All are in trouble. Congress, which vests power in the arte- rioscler'otic, now needs 10 years lead time to deal with present social reality. As a result, it is forever legislating to cope with the needs of the last decade, but powerless to do much about today's. Labor For Middle Class With the McCarthy phenomenon, the Democratic party suddenly seems powerless to deal with the obvious popular hunger for new political forms. Organized labor, once a dynamic social power, now speaks for a comfortable middle class attuned to the goals Consfrucf/on Negotiations Under Way GRANITE CITY, III. (AP) Granite City Steel Co. said Thursday it will negotiate with the Republic of Indonesia to complete and operate a steel plant left unfinished by the Rus sians. An agreement has already been reached to make a survey. A company spokesman said it is hoped final plans can be agreed to by Oct. 15. The plant, 70 miles west of Djakarta, would be the country's first. The actual location is at Tjilegon in West Java. The Russians began building the plant during the regime of former President Sukarno but stopped sending materials and technicians in 1965. Work came to a halt. The firm would operate the plant through a subsidiary company, Granite City Steel International, Inc. a spokesman said the demand for steel products in the area would exceed the plant's output. FOR PICKUP BY GOODWILL INDUSTRIES OR AREA REPRESENTATIVE PHONE 232-1390 of management and the foreign policy of the 1950's.. Its great battles are now fought to defend the status quo. The universities — most of them — are moving toward the era of universal college education with the same attitudes they maintained when Dink Stover was going to Yale. From Detroit, it is true, they have borrowed the assembly line and automation to meet the economy's need for mass production, but in doing so they have also been stuck with George Orwell's now discredited idea that human beings could be made to submit to system integration. NATO In Deep Freeze It would be extravagant to say that NATO is dead. It is in the deep freeze, in the hope that some day science will discover the cure for what ails it and return it to active life. Communism, the once vital power NATO was built to frustrate, has been even slower than Congress to accommodate itself to the present, and in consequence has little left but its armies to support its old boast about being "the wave of the future." The family is a somewhat different case, but there is ample evidence in the trend toward segregation by genera- lion that it has not found any strong new basis upon which to thrive as technology steps up its assault on the conditions that once made for strong family ties. Against this background it is possible to make some sense of the "unrest" which is the common phenomenon of the day. Perhaps what we are witnessing is a human uprising against the institutions' failure to serve the purpses they were created for. Institutions, like business corporations, tend to acquire a life of their own with interests that become quite distinct from those of the people they were built to serve. Every bureaucracy eventually becomes an organization that exists to perpetuate itself. The university stands on its dignity. In Congress, need is often sacrificed to seniority's prerogatives. The party resents challenge to its control Communists must not offend the 19th Century prose of Karl Marx. Changing Environment Institutional arteries harden; institutional interests become vested in the past; institutional pride feels violated by demands that it accommodate itself to change. But environment changes rapidly nowadays, and environmental change changes human demand, and this in turn presses institutions to change or be changed. This seems to be precisely what is happening with the "unrest," whether Peking, Paris, Resurrection City, the polling booths of New York or Columbia University. The institutions, with the natural arrogance of the entrenched who have lost sight of why they were given power to begin with, have refused to believe that the 21st Century is just around the corner or, even if it is, that anything is going to change very much. People are now giving them the news that they do not want to hear. Sacrifice Own Humanity It is a happy development. A generation ago Orwell and Arthur Kocstler, in "1984" and "Darkness At Noon," painted man's future in black. Both, having examined the totalitarian state, were convinced that man could be so conditioned and spiritually broken by the superior power of his own institutions that he would sacrifice his humanity to serve them. We now see that both underrated man. Gletkin, Koestler's vision of the human robot of the future who would crush man's individuality in order to preserve the system, has not prevailed. Gletkins everywhere are in rout. Both Orwell and Koestler were wrong. 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