Living and Dying by the Sword (or) The Autonomy and Responsibility of Paranoia

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Living and Dying by the Sword (or) The Autonomy and Responsibility of Paranoia Introduction

The question is a common one. "Does an individual have the right to yell, ‘Fire!’ in a crowded theater?" The implications are not as simple. If one answers, "no," then one is, in effect saying that the constitutional right to free speech is not entirely correct. If one answers, "yes," then one is saying that is perfectly O.K. to an individual to be delegated the power to create mass hysteria. However, there is another side to this question. If an individual is permitted to yell fire, as perhaps one would be in a Lockian state of nature, one is as likely to be trampled in the ensuing hysteria as
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The Rise to Power, or, Taking a Seat in the Theater

Maximilien Robespierre came from a family of moderate nobility and wealth who hailed from the small town of Arras, France. His education kept to that of a young man of his position, the political philosophies of Rousseau, the general studies of the philosophes, and the tactics of politics in a monarchical government such as France. By the time the first winds of revolution began to waft over the seas from the Americas, Robespierre was at Versailles. By the time the Estates General was to be called, the man was in a position to be appointed to it. Robespierre seemed to stay quiet, in the background; but his gradual involvement in the Estates slowly earned him greater and greater influence. Thus, by the time the revolution was out in full force, Maximilien Robespierre was recognized as an influential orator and a man of great potential. (1.)

Whereas Robespierre took a more subtle, almost "background player" approach to gaining influence in his state’s governing body, Joe McCarthy took a more openly aggressive route. McCarthy’s beginnings were no less humble, though. His family was one of farmers from Livingston County in New York. He went to school in this small town and worked hard. During the Great Depression, McCarthy went to Marquette University in Wisconsin. After college, he

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