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June 21, 1947


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Portland, Ore.

JAMA. 1947;134(8):726. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880250074025

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To the Editor:—  Dr. M. H. Miller's article in The Journal, May 3, Page 15, creates a desire to express the opinion that parallel discussion is necessary in the promotion of policy matters. Our constant problem, personal, political, social and economic, is to choose between being militant and being decent. We may do business by meeting the buyer or the seller in a private personal deal and appealing to the law, to be made whole, in case of injury, or through a third person armed with a directive which converts the transaction into a public or communal matter. Our constant choice is between socialization and civilization. If we choose to be militant we must be controlled by directives through a third party; if we choose to be decent we can live in freedom under the law; there is no middle ground.A militant person joins a machine to force another

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