The Press: Decadent Demos

In the great current spectacle of U. S. Democracy, the rights of life, liberty and happiness may or may not be seen as secured to the greatest number. But there is one privilege, always reserved for the tyrannous overlords of previous civilizations, which modern Democracy unquestionably confers upon the masses. It is the privilege of Decadence. Last week the Hearstian tabloid sheetlet, the New York Daily Mirror, outdid even its pandering tabloid rivals, the Daily News and Bernarr ("Body Love") Macfadden's Graphic, in the nice art of tickling the palate of Demos....

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