Freedom, Loyalty, Dissent

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III
Free Enterprise in Ideas

'I SOMETIMES THINK that when folks talk about things they've begun to lose them already,' says Stark Young's Hugh McGehee to his son after an evening of Southern rodomontade. It would be an exaggeration to say that we have begun to lose liberty in America, but it is sobering that there should be so much talk about it, just as it is sobering that there should be so much talk about Americanism and about loyalty. It was a happier time when these things could be taken for granted instead of being soiled and worn by every sunshine patriot eager for cheap applause. Nor is much of the talk itself resassuring. Liberty is enlisted in strange armies, pressed into service for curious causes, and as we listen to some of the arguments for censorship or exclusion or suppression, all in the name of liberty, we are

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  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents ix
  • I - The Necessity of Freedom 3
  • II - The Necessity of Experimentation 38
  • III - Free Enterprise in Ideas 72
  • IV - Guilt by Association? 93
  • V - Who is Loyal to America? 135
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