A.C.L.U. -- Not All That Civil

The American Civil Liberties Union is ever ready for a legal squabble, and sometimes the most intriguing ones occur among its own 300,000 members. Lately they have been split over free speech and hate speech, sexual harassment and the Rodney King beating, the same arguments that have divided other Americans. One essential conflict is between strict libertarians, for whom individual rights are as sacred as Moses' tablets, and new-breed egalitarians who favor minority and feminist causes and are more willing to see civil liberties give ground in the name of justice and equality.

After last year's acquittal in state court of...

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