In 1962? The CRA was the result of an ongoing liberation, the fact that the particular year of 1962 occurred before the CRA does not mean that the year (of 1962) is any less liberal than the year the CRA was enacted. It was a gradual, historical process that led to adopting the CRA. What's more, back then there was a general attitude about government and people, and that was a belief in the public good, the inviolate spirit of the government to protect and serve, and the idea that the wealthy are morally obligated to "give back." I know that extremely high-incomes in 1962 were taxed an amount that seems almost obscene today, but which is hand-waved away with a "pish-posh, it's economic stupidity" as if that denies the validity of the proposal (since the US was in such bad shape back then). Labor union membership was also a lot higher. Now, I'm not trying to idealize those times, since segregation was still in full-force, gays were still forced into the closet, and women were expected to be homemakers. But there is an important element to the political philosophy of today that has lost some of the edge of the past, especially in the realm of politics which people feel inclined to discuss when asked "what do you think of politics?" Back then, if asked "what do you think of minimum wage?" the answer was invariably "It is good;" now, there is a strata of society that doubts its necessity. I think modern society has absorbed some of the necessary social changes that occurred from liberation, but has regressed and is now unwilling to see that liberation through to its conclusion, or to open the gates for oppressed groups that still have need of liberation, or is consistently doubting whether or not we really need income tax. This is what I mean when I say the political discourse has shifted to the right.