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William B. Bean, M.D.
Arch Intern Med. 1962;110(1):1-3. doi:10.1001/archinte.1962.03620190003001.
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The difference between a freewheeling and a freebooting society has been a nice point of contention between honest men and pirates from the time such natural enemies began their undeclared war. Within the time I can remember, the man of learning has become suspect, partly because he carries in his hands the seeds of the future. The paranoid and the dull are set against him from below just as the pirate and frightened snipe at him from above. What stance should the citizen of a thoughtful turn of mind do when he spies a threat, not only against him as a thoughtful man but in its implications against thinking itself.

In a free society which sometimes teeters along the beguiling tightrope drawn between democratic and capitalistic principles, the profit motive provides the incentive for risking capital for work at the manufacture and sale of various commodities to the end that


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