Cinema: What Price Freedom?

The future of the U.S. is at risk again. But this time around, we may be our own worst enemy

Which poses the larger threat to democratic institutions: terrorism or the hysterical response to it? This is not the sort of question you normally expect to be addressed in a big-budget action movie. Nor do you expect it to be answered ultimately with a ringing endorsement of the Bill of Rights, since this is an inherently reactionary form, one that tends to favor a muscular approach to crisis management over more reasoned ones, if only because there is more visceral drama to be found at the end of a pointed pistol than in a pointed argument.

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