The Congress: The Fortas Film Festival

Berating the U.S. Supreme Court used to be the fairly exclusive pastime of racists and other right-wing extremists. Now it has become a more popular preoccupation. Many people who think that U.S. society is somehow sick tend to blame the court for much of the rise in crime, the loosening of morals, the racial conflict and the general air of permissiveness. Most of those complaints have welled up in the acrimonious debate in the Senate over Lyndon Johnson's nomination of Abe Fortas to become the nation's 15th Chief Justice. Last week the...