Great Britain: Old Enough to Know Better?

"No one in this country, however strong and sincere are his convictions and however honorable he may be, has the right to arrogate to himself to decide which laws are bad laws." Thus, to cries of "Shame" in London's Old Bailey last week, British Judge Sir Cecil Havers sentenced six youthful nuclear disarmers to prison. Their offense: an abortive attempt last December to organize a huge sitdown demonstration on the runways of the U.S. Strategic Air Command's nuclear strike base at Wethersfield, Essex.

All members of Bertrand Russell's Committee of 100, the six had hoped that the trial would serve as...

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