Showdown in the Magic Pipeline: Call for New Priorities

  • Donald J. Bowersox


The U. S. industrial/marketing complex has more than doubled gross national product — to exceed a trillion dollars — since World War II. This is in spite of five recessions and two prolonged large scale wars. As a nation, more people — both domestic and worldwide — are regularly delivered a higher standard of living than ever before in the history of mankind. Indeed, U.S. industry has conceived and implemented a magic pipeline capable of efficiently and effectively delivering our industrial output to an affluent consuming public.


Physical Distribution Service Order Interstate Commerce Commission Marginal Worker Cargo Theft 
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© H. E. Stenfert Kroese B. V. 1976

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