John N. Kennedy


FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM has long been used to describe the structure of the American economy. Yet in a critical sense this characterization is a misnomer, because for many Americans the system has always been anything but free. Indeed, racial and sex discrimination are commonplace even today among the employment practices of a frightening number of employers. Gradually, however, the justice of equal employment opportunity is at last beginning to be recognized, even if it is not yet being universally administered, and many Americans are fast becoming genuinely committed to its realization. Because of this, a recent decision by the United States Supreme Court takes on special significance