Law and Order


Have been reading from the Howard Zinn Reader, the chapter entitled “Law and Justice.”

In the 1960s a student at Harvard Law School addressed parents and alumni with these words:

The streets of our country are in turmoil.  The universities are filled with students rebelling and rioting.  Communists are seeking to destroy our country.  Russia is threatening us with her might.  And the republic is in danger.  Yes! danger from within and without.  We need law and order!  Without law and order our nation cannot survive.

There was prolonged applause.  When the applause died down, the student quietly told his listeners:  ‘These words were spoken in 1932 by Adolph Hitler.’

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