Business: The Corporation Becomes a Target

UNTIL recently, U.S. corporations have seemed almost immune to the outbreaks of violent dissent that have roiled universities, ghettos and city streets. In three tumultuous April weeks, strident conflict has shattered that old tranquillity. Organized activists—protesting the Viet Nam War, pollution and what they consider to be industrial irresponsibility—have disrupted the annual meetings of at least nine major companies. Angry epithets have converted some stockholder gatherings into social battlegrounds. To disperse unruly demonstrators, helmeted police have used tear gas, and company guards have sprayed disabling Mace. Last week, the confrontations, at four...

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