The Ghost at the Banquet

Straight, Michael
November 1954
New Republic;11/22/54, Vol. 131 Issue 21, p11
This article discusses Richard Crossman's argument on American liberty and liberals. Mr. Richard Crossman, a recent traveler in the U.S. who has returned to inform the British readers of the "New Statesman" and "Nation" that freedom has vanished in America and the liberals are dead. Mr. Crossman's observations seem so superficial, and his conclusions so unsound, that it would be a disservice to permit them to intrude upon this celebration were it not that the half truths he voices serve to introduce legitimate doubts and questions worth asking whether or not the present national mood is illiberal is hardly debatable. But it points toward the significant question of whether the mood is permanent or subject to change.


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