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Dated November 30, 1928, a training manual was released by the United States War Department concerning the instruction of the military of "at least a basic course in the science of government and the privileges, duties, and responsibilities of the individual citizen..."
There has been controversy about the authenticity of this manual, some calling it a hoax. Further in the story is that shortly after the "bank holiday" in 1933, orders from the FDR White House suddenly demanded without explanation that all copies of this book be withdrawn from the Government Printing Office and the Army posts, to be suppressed and destroyed. Requesting information about this manual from the U.S. Printing Office was fruitless. But here is the catch. Given today's political climate, the words of the manual ring true. How about this?
"The philosophy of government, as set up under our Constitution, finds its keynote in individualism as opposed to that misguided philosophy of government, collectivism, which makes the State paramount in its demands over the inalienable rights of its individual citizens. Incomprehensible as it may seem, the political problems of America and of the world at large are embodied in this question of individualism as opposed to collectivism as the philosophy of government for the future development and welfare of nations."
We have not been able to determine any source to cite for attribution. Also, we have taken the liberty of very slight editing of the manual for modern-day use, removing much extraneous material like test questions and correcting spelling. So, click on "Next Page" and it's yours to enjoy.
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