Definition of Great Society in US English:

Great Society


  • A domestic program in the administration of President Lyndon B. Johnson that instituted federally sponsored social welfare programs.

    • ‘President Johnson wanted to create the "Great Society" -- to end poverty, promote equality, improve education, rejuvenate cities, and protect the environment.’
    • ‘The federal government began to play a significant role in public education when President Lyndon Johnson signed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, a Great Society program designed to help needy students.’
    • ‘Ultimately this meant in practice the subordination of the rights of the individual to allegedly higher ‘goods,’ i.e., the good of the economy, the expansion of the GNP, the building of a Great Society.’
    • ‘But if the Great Societyhad not achieved that dramatic reduction in poverty, and the nation had not maintained it, 24 million more Americans would today be living below the poverty level.’
    • ‘The federal government's efforts to usher in this Great Society took the form of numerous social welfare programs targeting hunger, joblessness, poor health, bad housing, and other social ills.’
    • ‘How is this any different from a Great Society redistribution scheme?’
    • ‘Income-tax collection is designed to pay for government ‘services,’ not act as a Great Society income-redistribution scheme.’