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The Convergence of Free and Unfree Societies


Published April 25, 2023

From the 1930s through the Cold War, many free societies behaved similarly to unfree societies. Despite taking on some of the same features as unfree societies, the free countries did not become tyrannies. 

Discussion Questions:

  1. During the 1930s and 1940s, did free societies have to take on some aspects of unfree ones to fight them? Why?
  2. Why do people keep misapplying the history of the 1930s and the 1940s to today?

Additional Resources:

  • Read Niall Ferguson’s book The Square and the Tower. Available here.
  • Watch or listen to “Baby Busts and Bank Crashes: A Conversation with Demographer Nicholas Eberstadt” on GoodFellows. Available here.
  • Watch “Free Speech: Why Does It Matter?” on PolicyEd. Available here.