THE DISCOVERY OF FREEDOM by Rose Wilder Lane

THE DISCOVERY OF FREEDOM

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A book that bears the earmarks of long, long thoughts -- and hasty execution, for Mrs. Lane has brought together under this title much of what must comprise her own credo, expanded, enlarged and adapted to today's crisis. Viewed in the whole, one can see major outlines; as one reads it seems choppy, discursive, unorganized, and superficial. The whole is dominated by a sincere belief that there is a universality of a religious basis for thought and action, whatever name is given it, that one's standard of values is actually one's God. She sets out then to prove that actually nothing is new,-- communism, planned economy, war, politics, vested authority under any guise. That belief in Authority being responsible for welfare leads to the setting up of an image, and that in turn to poverty and wars. There have been three main channels in attempts to get away from this, to establish the fact of individual freedom:- the way of Jesus Christ, the way of Mohammed, and the American Revolution, which has taken many forms and is still going on. It released human energies which changed the world, but the end is not yet. The American Revolution is now a World Revolution, with the ultimate goal the discovery of freedom for all and the boundless powers of released energy, as yet untapped.....That's what I got out of the book . So what?

Pub Date: Jan. 8th, 1942
Publisher: Coward, McCann