Weed in the Grass
Charles A. Reich’s The Greening of America
by Howard F. Ahmanson, Jr.
& Allan Carlson
Some biblical translations footnote the word “fool” in Proverbs as “one who is morally deficient.” Charles A. Reich was this kind of fool. Certainly no intellectual fool, he wrote well and readably, with considerable emotion. All the same, Reich’s often biting and accurate diagnoses of 1970 America’s cultural and political ills in The Greening of America eventually run afoul of his famed, rootless, and morally anarchic “Consciousness III.”
“There’s something happening here. What it is ain’t exactly clear”: The opening words to Buffalo Springfield’s 1967 hit “For What It’s . . .
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Howard F. Ahmanson, Jr. holds degrees in economics and linguistics, has worked in commercial real estate development, and now spends most of his time on philanthropy. In 1986 he married journalist Roberta Green, who works with him on his philanthropic interests. He is an advisor to the John M. Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation, as well as to the Christian Community Development Association, a network of nearly 400 inner-city ministries nationwide.
Allan C. Carlson is the John Howard Distinguished Senior Fellow at the International Organization for the Family. His most recent book is Family Cycles: Strength, Decline & Renewal in American Domestic Life, 1630-2000 (Transaction, 2016). He and his wife have four grown children and nine grandchildren. A "cradle Lutheran," he worships in a congregation of the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod. He is a senior editor for Touchstone.
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