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Law and Resistance: American Attitudes Toward Authority
Law and Resistance American Attitudes Toward Authority Author:Laurence Veysey ?The book opens with an introduction and a speculative essay of my own about American patterns of thinking and behavior on freedom and lawlessness ? asking especially how these patterns managed to jell so markedly during the early period of our history. The first part of the volume consists of selected philosophical arguments on these topics, w... more »ritten over the last century and a third by a highly varied group of Americans, many of them well known and others undeservedly obscure. What this amounts to is an extended debate between a number of so called conservatives, liberals and radicals on the role of the individual in relation to authority. The next section of the book contains a number of firsthand documents which describe actual episodes of lawlessness in American history intended to illust4rae the practical consequences of disobedience in different social circumstances. The final readings focus on the controversial role of the police in recent years, giving space both to police spokesmen and their critics ?
?I have sought ? to glean what appeared to be the most striking patterns of evidence, with the aim of putting together a variegated but reasonably balanced collage.?« less