Lamont, Corliss, Freedom is as freedom does

(New York :  Horizon Press,  1956.)



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One of the remarkable strengths of democratic societies has
been their capacity for producing dissenting individuals, men
of integrity and independence who have refused to pattern their
thinking or behavior by popular standards. Sometimes, of course,
these individuals have been merely anti-social, or anti-demo¬
cratic, seeking to sustain their own personal interests, or the
privileges of a class. Others have served as the true conscience-
bearers of the society, reminding us of our traditions and declared
values. In this category Corliss Lamont has achieved an honored
position as one who dares to differ with majority opinion in poli¬
tics, economies, and philosophy. Since his undergraduate years at
Harvard, he has in classroom, in political campaign, and on the
lecture platform devoted himself to challenging his fellow citi¬
zens to think about fundamental poHtical and social questions.
Life-long use of freedom has reenforeed Dr. Lament's devotion
to democracy and his profound understanding of the philosoph¬
ical basis for civil Hberties. Abhorring violence and stupidity, he
has persisted in his efforts to convince others that the best way
of solving human problems is through the use of intelhgence and
reason. More than most men he has experienced the reality of
Wendell Phillips' observation that "when a nation sets itself to
do evil and all its leading forces, wealth, party, and piety, join in
the career, it is impossible but that those who offer a constant
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