The New Belief in the Common Man

The New Belief in the Common Man

The New Belief in the Common Man

The New Belief in the Common Man

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This book has been in the making for almost ten years. It is therefore impossible to thank all those who at one time or another have helped in clarifying the issues. Wherever possible, acknowledgment has been made to printed works, but such references are obviously inadequate.

My thoughts on the role of the public in a democracy crystallized finally as a result of an invitation to offer a course of lectures at the Lowell Institute in Boston. This forced me to formulate my conclusions. I am grateful to President A. Lawrence Lowell and Mr. Ralph Lowell for their invitation, and to Mr. William H. Lawrence, the Curator, for his unfailing kindness. May I add that the growing audience in their enthusiasm encouraged me greatly? The last of these lectures was delivered on the Tuesday after Pearl Harbor, when Boston had its first air-raid alarm, yet we forgathered to discuss the unity of mankind.

But that is not all. For some time past I have found myself working closely with a number of men from all walks of life. They had banded together to do their utmost to develop a broader grasp of the underlying issues of our times. They worked together democratically -- disagreeing often, but yet co-operating in the task in hand. I owe a great deal to these friends, espe-

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