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Michael B. Brennan Reviews Principles and Heresies by Kevin J. Smant

Civilized society seeks to achieve a proper balance between freedom and order. Law is often the arbiter. The tension between liberty and order is litigated ubiquitously, from criminal courts to the “war-on-terrorism” cases. While appellate courts adjudicate this balance, the debate over government imposition on individual liberties has its deep roots in a philosophical and historical exchange....