The Ethical Outlook Volume 4

The Ethical Outlook Volume 4

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 edition. Excerpt: the feeble judgment of mankind. But all this is said with one immense proviso. If the individual is to save his self-respect, if he is not to be a mere thing in the hands of the mass, and of those who happen at any time to have the ear of the mass, there must be freedom of speech, even in times of war, to criticise and correct. if need be, the policies adopted by the nation. The policies may not need correction. They may be sound. but freedom of criticism must be accorded to establish their soundness. The policy of a nation may be compared to the helm of a vessel. Those who are called to aid in the execution of these policies are a part of the steering gear. and as such must be simplv responsive. The steering gear must not be blocked or interfered with. There must be no antiwar agitation in the camps. But the soldier as citizen, before and after his service, as well as the vastly greater number of citizens who remain behind, have a high duty to perform in guiding the helm. The helmsman himself is their agent and must be responsive to their thought and wisdom..nd in order that there may he wisdom and guidance, the genuine thought of the people on the great question involved in the new situation, on the war policies and war aims. on the kind of peace that is to come after the war, on the conditions under which it is to be concluded, must have free play. If1you ask. "Should freedom of speech be maintained, even in time of war?" I answer, "Yes, precisely in time of War." New freedom of speech has nothing to do with that truculent kind of individualism that expresses itself in the notion that the tongue should be as unfettered as the body. that when a man has ideas in his head he should be allowed to pour them more

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  • Paperback | 170 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 313g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236787994
  • 9781236787996