Is the dream of a voluntary society still possible?

The 1980 Harvey Cushing oration

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✓ The United States Ambassador to the Court of St. James reviews the historic search for a society which is as voluntary as possible for the greatest number of citizens. Under the rule of law, there must continue to exist freedom of choice, freshness of start and opportunity, and the promise of mobility. The citizenry should not become dependent upon public administrators or political masters. Growth and expansion should not be constrained beyond reasonable limits, and openness of opportunity must be given high priority. The variety of State and private educational resources should be tapped for the design of educational communication programs.

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