A brief on the need for an enlightened coalition of academic and business leaders at the local and national level to assume strong public policy leadership. The problem: provoked by militant radicalism, a massive and disruptive conservative backlash looms as a distinct possibility for America. The author analyzes the traditional process of public policymaking and calls for a new role for the universities and research centers, an emerging "fourth power" in the country alongside the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government. Perhaps also needed: constitutional definition of a role for the media, a "fifth power" in the cultural balance that can sway the nation for good or ill and should be used for continuous education of the public on policy issues.
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