Liberty in the Warfare State

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  • Carey McWilliams

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https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-013-10-1962-02_2

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Abstract

Frequently I hear it said, and more often lately than in the past, that we live in a Garrison State. Frankly I do not think that this phrase should be used to describe the present state of affairs, even when it is placed, as it often is, in quotation marks. Somehow I do not get the impression—perhaps because I lead a sheltered life—that we are living in a Garrison State. This ominous phrase carries a connotation of rigid censorship, air-tight controls by an arrogant military, hosts of political prisoners, and, above all, a universal, terrifying silence of the type that reigns in a prison when the guards say "lights out." But when I listen, it is not an oppressive silence that assails me but loud and raucous shouting.

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1962-02-02

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