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The Free Press

The Free Press by Hilaire Belloc
By: (1870-1953)

I propose to discuss in what follows the evil of the great modern Capitalist Press, its function in vitiating and misinforming opinion and in putting power into ignoble hands; its correction by the formation of small independent organs, and the probably increasing effect of these last. (Introduction by Hilaire Belloc)

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THE FREE PRESS

by

HILAIRE BELLOC

London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd. Ruskin House 40 Museum Street W.C 1 First published in 1918 (All rights reserved)

DEDICATION

KINGS LAND, SHIPLEY, HORSHAM. October 14, 1917.

MY DEAR ORAGE,

I dedicate this little essay to you not only because "The New Age" (which is your paper) published it in its original form, but much more because you were, I think, the pioneer, in its modern form at any rate, of the Free Press in this country. I well remember the days when one used to write to "The New Age" simply because one knew it to be the only paper in which the truth with regard to our corrupt politics, or indeed with regard to any powerful evil, could be told. That is now some years ago; but even to day there is only one other paper in London of which this is true, and that is the "New Witness." Your paper and that at present edited by Mr. Gilbert Chesterton are the fullest examples of the Free Press we have... Continue reading book >>


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