THE presidential campaign of 1968 is dominated by a pervasive and obsessive issue. Its label is law and order.

Its symptoms are fear and frustration and anger.

Everyone is for law and order, or at least for his own version of it. Few Americans can define precisely what they mean by the term, but the belief that law and order is being destroyed represents a trauma unmatched in intensity since the alarums generated by Joe McCarthy in the Korean era. The issue has virtually anesthetized the controversy over Viet Nam. It has distorted debate over pressing urban problems. It...

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