December 17, 1960

WHY THE THINGS YOU BUY DON’T LAST 1213
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WHY THE THINGS YOU BUY DON’T LAST

Are we all suckers for a conspiracy called planned obsolescence? Alan Phillips here examines the case for and against the most controversial practice in the modern marketplace, and tells how stylists, engineers, and salesmen make room for new products before old ones wear out
TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS 1415
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TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

Christmas has never been a one-day feast. From the time early Christians began to celebrate the birthday of Jesus, some time in the fourth century AD, they have always carried on the festivity to the day of the Epiphany, when Christ was revealed to the Three Wise Men who symbolize the world of the Gentiles.
The weirdest secret weapon of the war 2425
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The weirdest secret weapon of the war

A Maclean's Flashback
The lighter side of life behind the Iron Curtain: The Communists are hard at play 2223
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The lighter side of life behind the Iron Curtain: The Communists are hard at play

IT IS A COMMON DELUSION in the West to think of the people behind the Iron Curtain as overworked slaves. When I revisited my former home this fall, after twelve years, I thought I would find my friends tired and worn out, using their limited spare time for listening to the Voice of America and dreaming about the West.

FOOTBALL WEEKEND 2627
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FOOTBALL WEEKEND

The songs, the parties, the fallings in and out of love—even the fake cannon blast that knocked an old grad down— on the weekend when McGill came to Toronto, ostensibly to play football
How to improve your ploy 2425
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How to improve your ploy

or, How to interview Stephen Potter, who discovered gamesmanship (the art of winning games without actually cheating), without actually losing your marbles
CANADA’S FINAL AGONIZING CHOICE ON NUCLEAR ARMS 1415
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CANADA’S FINAL AGONIZING CHOICE ON NUCLEAR ARMS

Peter C. Newman reports from Europe
Urbiculture is easy, but what is biosophy? 1011
Urbiculture is easy, but what is biosophy?

Urbiculture is easy, but what is biosophy?

WASHINGTON - The yellow pages of the telephone directory in this strange and wonderful city list more than eleven hundred "associations.” Many have names that baffle, mystify, titillate the imagination and stir the curiosity — names like the Society of the Renaissance, Project Hope, the Privazone Council of America, OPEDA, the National Council on Aerial Phenomena, AOPA.
The PM’s problem: how to keep his party moving left 23
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The PM’s problem: how to keep his party moving left

THE DEBATE NOW RAGING in the House of Commons conceals what historians may come to classify as one of the most significant events in Canadian political history: the testing of the Tory party’s traditions. The central figure in this trial is John Diefenbaker.
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