A liberal friend recently wrote us, in connection with the Supreme Court decision in the Sweezy case: Congratulations on a great victory. We all owe you a vote of thanks for carefully planning the case and carrying it through to a successful conclusion in spite of difficulties and the pessimism of many of the legal experts. But I'm afraid that for you it will turn out to be a Pyrrhic victory in at least one important respect. Haven't you helped to prove that the Marxist theory just doesn't apply to present-day American society? The Supreme Court's defense of individual liberty, coming on top of 15 years of almost uninterrupted prosperity, pretty well gives the coup de grâce to all those gloomy forebodings and predictions that have been the Marxist stock-in-trade for longer than you or I can remember.
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