AMERICAN NOTES: The Quota Issue...

The Republican Convention revived an old code word in the American political lexicon: quota. The Democratic reforms this year employed a kind of quota system to require more representation among the delegates for women, blacks and young people. Many Democrats were themselves disturbed by the quotas; at Miami Beach, the President and other G.O.P. speakers damned them as anathema to the American system. The resonance of the issue may well carry through the campaign.

Quotas can be justified in opening up closed enclaves to outsiders, in forcing the majority to make room in its ranks for others. One of...

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