Sheldon Richman on the State of Liberty in America During World War I


WW1 Propaganda Poster Supporting Censorship
U.S. government

There's always plenty for libertarians to complain about in our troubled world, but in many respects, things could be much worse, particulalry compared to how the U.S. government punished dissent before, during, and even after America's participation in World War I. Then, writes Sheldon Richman, the propaganda campaign was remarkable, and the repression more so, as though the Woodrow Wilson and his administration  feared that a little dissent could turn a country whose population's nativist urges gave them a generally prowar mentality antiwar.