Look, the programs have worked. Women aren't restricted from college, blacks can go to any university they please, even Libertarians admit that poor white people in the US have access to most methods of communication. How were all these people faring before the programs? Better? Nonsense. The Harlem Renaissance was a blip in the grand tapestry of things. It died before these programs even got underway. So no, liberal social programs haven't failed. What has happened is that there is a neoliberal part of society hellbent on proclaiming we were much better off before the 1960s. That's simply not true and the fact that you can't even come up with a relevant indicator of poverty is all the proof I need.