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In this book, which originated as a series of lectures at the University of Virginia in 1958, Frank Knight examines what may properly be called the most fundamental issues facing the free society. How can critical intelligence be applied to social or collective decision-making? What steps must be taken to insure that intelligent judgment shall replace prejudice in guiding individual participation in the democratic process? How can democracy genuinely approach “government by discussion"? To what extent can man, as he exists in the modern world, rationally impose upon himself the constraints that are essential for his survival?
These are not easy questions, and Knight offers no simple answers. Nonetheless, Intelligence and Democratic Action maintains a reasoned affirmation that the free society can be preserved.