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PROCLAIM LIBERTY!

ALSO by GILBERT SELDES

On Related Subjects

Your Money and Your Life Mainland The Years of the Locust Against Revolution The Stammering Century The Seven Living Arts The United States and the War (London, 1917) This is America (Moving Picture)

AND

The Movies Come From America The Movies and the Talkies The Future of Drinking The Wings of the Eagle Lysistrata (A Modern Version)

Proclaim

LIBERTY!

By

GILBERT SELDES

Proclaim liberty throughout the land unto all the inhabitants thereof; it shall be a jubilee unto them.... Leviticus xxv, 10.

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THE GREYSTONE PRESS NEW YORK

PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA BY THE WILLIAM BYRD PRESS, INC. RICHMOND, VIRGINIA

TO THE CHILDREN who will have to live in the world we are making

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Thanks are given to the Macmillan Company for their permission to quote several paragraphs from Arthur Koestler's Darkness at Noon in my first chapter. The Grand Strategy by H.A. Sargeaunt and Geoffrey West, referred to in chapter two, is published by Thomas Y. Crowell Co.

G.S.

Contents

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CHAPTER I TOTAL VICTORY 13

CHAPTER II STRATEGY FOR THE CITIZEN 29

CHAPTER III UNITED...? 44

CHAPTER IV "THE STRATEGY OF TRUTH" 61

CHAPTER V THE FORGOTTEN DOCUMENT 77

CHAPTER VI "THE POPULATION OF THESE STATES" 92

CHAPTER VII ADDRESS TO EUROPE 111

CHAPTER VIII THE SCIENCE OF SHORT WAVE 119

CHAPTER IX DEFINITION OF AMERICA 129

CHAPTER X POPULARITY AND POLITICS 156

CHAPTER XI THE TOOLS OF DEMOCRACY 163

CHAPTER XII DEMOCRATIC CONTROL 170

CHAPTER XIII THE LIBERTY BELL 199

PROCLAIM LIBERTY!

CHAPTER I

Total Victory

The peril we are in today is this:

For the first time since we became a nation, a power exists strong enough to destroy us.

This book is about the strength we have to destroy our enemies where it lies, what hinders it, how we can use it. It is not about munitions, but about men and women; it deals with the unity we have to create, the victory we have to win; it deals with the character of America, what it has been and is and will be. And since character is destiny, this book is about the destiny of America.

The next few pages are in the nature of counter propaganda. With the best of motives, and the worst results, Americans for months after December 7, 1941, said that Pearl Harbor was a costly blessing because it united all Americans and made us understand why the war was inevitable. A fifty mile bus trip outside of New York perhaps even a subway ride within its borders would have proved both of these statements blandly and dangerously false... Continue reading book >>




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