Judge Hand's Wisdom

March 24, 1945, Judge Learned Hand warned:

“I confess it seems to me that we are pretty plainly headed for some fairly comprehensive collectivist ordering of industry; people don’t want it. … Can you have a collectivist democracy? The future has all sorts of creatures in its womb. … There seems to me great obstacles; a society in which the individual’s fate is completely in the hands of the government can scarcely manifest itself as a succession of resultants of ‘pressure groups’ – it won’t stand up.”

Judge Learned Hand, nicknamed “the tenth Justice of the Supreme Court,” died Aug. 18, 1961.


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