Philip Wylie

27 Mar

Our society is manic-depressive. It has not yet been compelled by circumstance into a paranoid form of united action, but it may be. We have paid a great deal of lip service to liberty, but we have lost much of our liberty in the sense it was intended by the founding fathers; first, because our goods wants caused us to set up an industrial society in which interdependence is so extensive that personal freedom had to be sacrificed to maintain it; second, because we refused to continue to accept personal responsibility for the overall conduct of that vastly intricate society.

                                                       Generation of Vipers (published 1942)

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