Freeman

May 1960

Volume 10, 1960

FEATURES

Eternal Love

MAY 01, 1960 by LAWRENCE NOONAN

You are a member of the jury in this fictional court case.

Socialism Through the Back Door

MAY 01, 1960 by WILLIAM HENRY CHAMBERLAIN

Socialism through the front door, the passing by Congress of a law transferring to public ownership some or all of our basic industries, would not stand the slightest chance of adoption in the United States today. Indeed, this old-fashioned socialist dogma of na­tionalization of means of produc­tion is visibly losing its appeal in Europe, where Marxism has been more widely accepted than in the United States.

Planners, Go Home!

MAY 01, 1960 by LAWRENCE SULLIVAN

Can we escape the plague of planners?

Our Tragic State of Confusion

MAY 01, 1960 by WILLIAM C. MULLENDORE

A businessman eloquently expresses his conviction that the mid-century crisis is spiritual, not economic.

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