Freedom, Loyalty, Dissent

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IV
Guilt by Association?

GUILT BY ASSOCIATION is very old -- and so, too, the protest against it. Most of you will recall the admonitions of the prophet Ezekiel: 'What mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying "The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge?" As I live, saith the Lord God, ye shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel...The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son; the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.' And you know, too, the story from Matthew: 'As Jesus sat at meat, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples,

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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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