New Moderation in Security
The recovery of American public life from the plague somewhat inaccurately called “McCarthyism” has been proceeding at an increasingly rapid pace. One sign has been the near-disappearance of Wisconsin’s junior Senator from the headlines. But just as the evils of which he has become a symbol were in important respects already present before he came to notoriety, so they have to a considerable extent survived his decline. The number of repressive laws on the statute books has not decreased, although few new ones have been added. The government’s administrative policies and practices have been changed only reluctantly and under pressure. Even the courts, which have been responsible for most of the recent improvement in the situation, have generally rendered their decisions on the rather precarious basis of legal technicalities, and of interpretations of laws and executive directives, rather than on Constitutional principles.
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