… is from page 196 of the 1972 Nash Publishing edition of Felix Morley’s 1949 volume, The Power in the People:
The distinguishing characteristic of American civilization is the subordination of centralized power in behalf of individual liberty.
DBx: Or so was the case when Morley offered this observation, in 1949. In 2020, this observation seems to me to be no longer accurate. If I were a praying man, I’d pray that I am wrong. But not being a praying man, I’m left only to hope. And I sincerely, fervently, intensely hope that the sense of pessimism that now engulfs me will prove to be unwarranted.