The Challenge to Liberty Author:Herbert Hoover From the author's Introduction: — For the first time in two generations the American people are faced with the primary issue of humanity and all government -- the issue of human liberty. — Not only in the United States, but throughout the world, the whole philosophy of liberty is under attack. In haste to bring under control the sweeping social fo... more »rces unleashed by the political and economic dislocations of the World War, by the tremendous advances in productive technology during the last quarter-century, by the failure to march with a growing sense of justice, peoples and governments are are blindly wounding, even destroying those fundamental human liberties which have been the foundation and the inspiration of progress since the Middle Ages.
...With the ordinary or technical economic or governmental problems, important as they are, I shall be here concerned only incidentally as they affect Liberty. It is enough for one brief book to outline their political and and social repercussions on what is above all the crucial consideration -- that is Liberty itself.
Over a period of twenty years I have been honored by my country with positions where contention with the forces of social disintegration was my continued duty. I should be untrue to that service did I not raise my voice in protest, not at reform, but at the threat of of the eclipse of Liberty.
Nor is it my purpose to criticize individual men. This is solely an issue and will be met by honest men as an issue. For once again the United States of America faces the test whether "a nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure.« less