Freedom, Loyalty, Dissent

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V
Who Is Loyal to America?

ON 6 MAY 1947 a Russian-born girl, Mrs. Shura Lewis, gave a talk to the students of the Western High School of Washington, D.C. She talked about Russia -- its school system, its public-health program, the position of women, of the aged, of the workers, the farmers, and the professional classes -- and compared, superficially and uncritically, some American and Russian social institutions. The most careful examination of the speech -- happily reprinted for us in the Congressional Record -- does not disclose a single disparagement of anything American unless it is a quasi-humorous reference to the cost of having a baby and of dental treatment in this country. Mrs. Lewis said nothing that had not been said at least a thousand times, in speeches, in newspapers, magazines, and books. She said nothing

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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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