IT has become increasingly evident in recent months that the dominant theme of the U.S. presidential campaign may not be Viet Nam, the economy, or any one of a score of infinitely complex problems. Instead, it will probably be the elusive issue of "law and order." Last week all three major candidates vied to put forward their own shadings of a law-and-order policy, almost to the exclusion of other questions facing a troubled nation. Once, the term might have been used in all innocence to describe the minimal conditions necessary to maintain a democratic society. No longer. Today it has become...

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