Education: The Need for Law

U.S. intellectuals have often complained that America, wrenched by fear and suspicion, is at war with itself. Last week one intellectual tried to put things back into perspective. "From a casual glance at the contemporary scene," said Yale's President A. Whitney Griswold, "it might almost seem that we were again living in a house divided against itself and all but inundated by a lawless, anti-intellectual flood ... Is the picture too dark?" Griswold's answer: yes.

Compared to the dissensions of 1854, "our differences today are hot and superficial, like sunburn, not like a fever. The burning issue of 1854 was slavery. Its...

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