Nation: A Long Day in the Frightful Life

It may be, through the process of adaptation to environment, that future city dwellers will be born with their heads turned sideways—the better to watch behind them. As residents and businessmen seek ways to protect their property and their lives, the soaring crime rate is perhaps matched only by the rising curve of paranoia. Already, the jungle that is the U.S. city is so crisscrossed with fear and alarm wires that the following account of a day in the life of a fictional citizen of a composite U.S. city, based on security measures that already exist, is entirely within the realm...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!