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A Lifetime of Dissent

Lamont, Corliss

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ISBN 10: 087975463X / ISBN 13: 9780879754631
Published by Prometheus Books, 1988
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Title: A Lifetime of Dissent

Publisher: Prometheus Books

Publication Date: 1988

Book Condition:Good

Edition: First Edition.

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A Lifetime of Dissent was published by Prometheus Books in Buffalo, New York, in 1988 and consists of a collection of 27 essays covering a wide range of topics. The majority of the essays included in the book were originally published over the course of many years in pamphlet form known as the Basic Pamphlets Series.

A Lifetime of Dissent includes a short one-page Preface by the author dated 1988.

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World-renowned humanist, philosopher, and civil libertarian Corliss Lamont has been a dissenter on most of the major economic, political, philosophic, and social issues of this century. A Lifetime of Dissent presents Lamont's views on civil liberties, humanism, international peace, and the tragedies of war--and suggests rational solutions to some of today's most pressing problems.

An outspoken critic of American foreign policy throughout his career, Lamont has consistently denounced U.S. aggression against foreign sovereign states. In "The Crime Against Cuba (1961)" he criticizes the CIA-sponsored invasion of Cuba under the Kennedy Administration; in "Vietnam: Corliss Lamont vs. Ambassador Lodge (1967)" he debates the legality and morality of the war with Henr7y Cabot Lodge, Jr.; while in the essay "Militant Activist at 84 (1986)" Dr. Lamont deplores the recent covert military operations of the Reagan Administration's secret war against Nicaragua. In such acts of "imperialist aggression" Lamont sees the ever-present threat of nuclear war and the consequent destruction of the human race.

Although critical of the Soviet Union's failure to establish full civil liberties and political democracy, Lamont's long-standing advocacy for better U.S.-Soviet relations, beginning in the wake of WWII, is of particular historical interest in light of improved relations between the two countries and the era of Soviet reform ushered in by President Gorbachev. In "Are We Being Talked into War? (1952)," "Dangers of American Foreign Policy (1952)," and "The Myth of Soviet Aggression (1952)" Lamont argues that the best guarantee of world peace lies in cooperation and understanding between the two super powers.

"Adventures in Civil Liberties (1977)" describes the author's two most important victories in the federal courts. The first was his successful battle against Senator Joe McCarthy and his Senate investigating committee when, in 1953, a New York Court of Appeals dismissed the indictment against Lamont for refusing to answer the questions put to him by McCarthy on the ground that such questions were unconstitutional. The second was the U.S. Supreme Court's decision, handed down in 1965, which ruled that censorship of incoming foreign mail by the United States Postmaster General violated the First Amendment of the Constitution.

Also included are essays on academic freedom, the public's right to know, nuclear disarmament, naturalistic humanism, freedom of choice, and the myth of immortality.

In A Lifetime of Dissent, Corliss Lamont champions human rights, free will, and reason. Perhaps his greatest legacy is his inspiring commitment to personal and political freedom, and to the happiness and survival of humanity.

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