The Education of Free Men in American Democracy

The Education of Free Men in American Democracy

The Education of Free Men in American Democracy

The Education of Free Men in American Democracy

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DEMOCRACY is threatened today by the advance of new despotisms of great vigor and aggressiveness. Already these new despotisms have reduced to ashes the great hopes of two decades ago, destroyed with incredible swiftness most of the free societies beyond the Atlantic, and penetrated deeply every remaining democracy on earth. If this totalitarian tide is not halted, America may find herself standing isolated in the world as the sole defender of democracy -- even as the sole defender of the great humanistic and liberal heritage out of which democracy arose. The peril is the more grave because of the fundamental crisis of industrial society everywhere and the remarkably successful strategy of the adversary. If the people of the United States are to bear the heavy responsibility which history is apparently placing on their shoulders, they must proceed without delay to the development of a comprehensive program of defense and advance.

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