Friday, September 10, 2021

"Unhinged" is a Word That Often Comes to Mind Nowadays

Like most persons trained in political science during the 1960s my early writings were concerned with describing the process by which policy is shaped and with mapping the alignment of forces rather than with evaluating the substantive content of policy. Nonetheless, firmly seated in the back of my mind, was the substantive interest in reconciling the need for governmental authority with claims of liberty and fairness. As I grew older and grappled yearly with the task of explaining new laws and Supreme Court decisions to students, a conviction grew until it weighed on me like lead - that many civil libertarians had become unhinged.

- Richard E. Morgan, Disabling America: The "Rights Industry" in Our Time (published in 1984)

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