Keeling, Ralph Franklin, 1901- / Gruesome harvest
Chapter VIII - teaching democracy in reverse, pp. 88-97 PDF (3.3 MB)
TEACHING DEMOCRACY IN REVERSE 97 One of the main difficulties is the fact that our democracy is confronted by a paradox which almost defies solution. Par from facing or solving it, we have failed to notice it. And those whom we wish to win to democratic principles see our blindness and lose their respect for their would-be teachers. We must sooner or later make up our minds whether democ- racy can tolerate the spread of democracy-destroying doctrines, and if not, how it can stop them and still remain democracy. If what we are doing in Germany against Nazism is right, then what we are doing here at home about Communism is wrong. If we must stamp out Nazism there, we must stamp out Communism here; if in the name of democracy and free- dom of opinion we can tolerate dissemination of Communist doctrine and treasonable Communist fifth column activities here, we should treat Nazism with equal kindness over there. For the one is just as bad as the other.
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