We've Never Had More Freedom

John P. Roche
January 1956
New Republic;1/23/56, Vol. 134 Issue 4, p12
The article presents the author's views on the American freedom and liberties. In his opinion the American freedom was on the downgrade, as the liberties today are considerably more circumscribed than they were a century or a half-century ago. The core of the thesis which he conducted is that American freedom has never been as firmly established or as broadly shared as is the case today. Democracy in the U.S. on the basic level of political decisions was rule of numbers pure and simple. Unlike the situation in economic matters where the courts threw roadblocks in the way of direct democracy, there was little to protect the unpopular citizen from the wrath of his enraged neighbors.


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