"Individuality is freedom lived," wrote John Dos Passos in a passage that serves as a fitting introduction to this unusual volume dedicated to the critical examination of the place of the individual in contemporary society.
Contributors are John Dos Passos; Arthur A. Ekirch, Jr.; Milton Friedman; Friedrich A. Hayek; Joseph Wood Krutch; William M. McGovern; James C. Malin; Felix Morley; Helmut Schoeck; Richard M. Weaver; Roger J. Williams; and Conway Zirkle.
"The Creative Powers of a Free Civilization
by Friedrich A. Hayek
THE SOCRATIC MAXIM THAT THE RECOGNITION OF OUR IGNORANCE is the beginning of wisdom has profound application to social life. If we are to comprehend how society works we must first become aware, not merely of our individual ignorance of most of the particular circumstances which determine its actions, but also of the necessary ignorance of man as such regarding much or most that determines the course of his society.
Felix Morley (Еditor)
Felix Morley (1894–1982) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. He was educated at Haverford College and enjoyed a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford, England. He obtained a Guggenheim Fellowship to study the League of Nations in Geneva, which resulted in his book The Society of Nations (1933) and a Ph.D. from the Brooking Institution.
From 1933 to 1940, Morley worked as editor for The Washington Post, winning, in 1936, the paper's Pulitzer Prize first , for his "distinguished editorial writing during the year."
Morley was one of the founding editors of Human Events in 1944, although he would leave the magazine in 1950 for its aggressive military stance towards the Soviet Union. He also had resigned from Haverford College after the War, and continued his journalistic work at NBC and for Nation’s Business. He published his memoirs, For the Record, in 1977. Other books he published after the War were The Power in the People (1949), The Foreign Policy of the United States (1951) and Freedom and Federalism (1959). Also published, in 1956, is his utopian novel Gumption Island.