THE NATION: The Lawless & the Lawful

In seeking to measure the meanings of the cold war, the U.S. and its allies have lined up many opposing concepts—freedom v. slavery, opportunity v. conformity, godliness v. ungodliness, and so on—to define and dramatize what the struggle is all about. Last week the global sweep of the news added up to another concept: namely, law and justice v. authoritarian rule, two 180° opposites ranged against each other across organized land masses of freedom and serfdom. In the reports out of Budapest, Panmunjom, Washington, the operative word was justice; the question welling up, the debate accumulating, the pressure contending,...

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