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The main themes of Justice Douglas' book, as I understand
them, are three. (For the purposes of exposition I am
reversing- the order of chapters I and II). First, there are grave
and valid grounds for dissent in American society. More precisely,
America faces unprecedented problems-problems which
have been of particular concern to our vounger generations.
These include a futile and immoral war, the possibility of nuclear
annihilation, the growing power of the military-industrial
complex, the ever-widening antagonism between the races, the
bias of our laws and institutions against the poor, the dismal
state of our inner cities, poverty, hunger, pollution, overpopulation,
and others. All in all, we have made only inconsequential
progress in the solution of these threatening issues.

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