Violence: Angry Heritage

Americans are among the world's most volatile and law-breaking people, yet their government is one of the stablest. For nearly three centuries, this paradox has puzzled the world and, especially in the past few strife-torn years, America itself. Last week a group of historians, social scientists and lawyers told the nation what many Americans had al ready suspected: "We have become a rather bloody-minded people in both action and reaction."

The group was a task force appointed by the National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence. The commission itself was established by Lyndon Johnson a year ago, shortly...

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