AMERICAN NOTES: Law Day

AMERICAN NOTES Law Day

May Day was also Law Day, and that coincidence served, in a way, to define some perimeters of the national mood. Demonstrators massed in Washington and other cities to protest the war, as they have each spring since 1965. While the demonstrations had an immediate potential for violence, many Americans continued to fear lawlessness from their own institutions —wiretapping, for example, and other intimations of Big Brotherhood.

Yet it is surprising, after so much volatile dissent, after a decade of dangerously increased crime vastly complicated by overburdened courts and jails, that the rule of law has endured so...

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