Letters, Jul. 30, 1945

Democracy Defined


The writer went overseas three years ago as a soldier, and is now in northern Italy. His opinions have markedly changed in two principal respects: racial and political. For him these two things are, now one. His definition of democracy is: a skillfully adjusted freedom of the individual to the maximum degree in accord with orderliness and minimum poverty.

The writer once believed that the sum total of the individual civic intelligences of any group of normal men & women formed a group intelligence level that made this definition of democracy...

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