In this collection of lectures, the author of How New Will The Better World Be gives a most timely re-examination of the fundamentals of American democracy, in theory and practice. Freedom of speech and its necessary concomitant -- freedom of learning and teaching, constitutional government and private economic enterprise, main characteristics of that democracy, claim the main share of this analysis. By filling in the historical background for these liberties and institutions and bringing this history up to date, Becker proves soundly that the highest kind of human integrity is needed not only to preserve but to make workable these democratic principles. Reiterating the theme of his last book, he states that we must choose some form of responsible social democracy or we will find ourselves drifting into nothing less than Fascism, even if we should name it ""national cleanup"" or ""efficiency for freedom"". Always fair and moderate, but with something vital and definite to say, this book is for all thinking people who care about their liberty.