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A discussion on the issue of free speech, as guaranteed by the constitution of America. The writer believes that while the law demands freedom of speech, in actual fact, America has a long history of ignoring this law when the situation demands it. The writer cites the experience of McCarthy, during and immediately following world war one, where the U.S. actively sought out those who spoke out against the government in support of Communism. The paper offers examples of other instances where freedom of speech is not so evident.
From the Paper:"America is the home of the brave and the land of the free, at least according to the songs. However, over the last 100 years it has increasingly become the home of the scared, and in consequence, a land of the almost free. Through-out American History there have been wars and rumors of war, and as the people of the nation become increasingly frightened, they have also become increasingly oppressed. There seems to be a direct correlation between fear and repression. McCarthyism, which remains famous today as an "illogical" episode in American history is only popularly considered an aberration because the American leadership and the American public wish to forgo an honest and open debate on the subject."
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