But he was horsewhipped for his insistence that U.S. participation in World War II would imperil freedom of thought.
Charles Austin Beard. (From the George Grantham Bain Collection, Library of Congress)
Those of us old enough to have employed and even believed the playground retort “it’s a free country” may scoff at the plenteous freedoms of the New America—the onanistic bounty of endless online porn! The right, even duty, of anonyms to insult strangers over the No Place that is the Internet!—but at elite levels, as opposed to over-the-clothesline or at the diner, that “free country” claim has always been a chancy proposition.
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