Reflections on a Political Trial
Publisher: The New York Review of Books, New York, USA
Year Published: 1968
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX8827
In wake of the sentencing of 4 of the 5 men on trial for illegal activities against the draft, Chomsky explores the details of the so-called "Spock" case as well as its meaning for both the "peace movement" and the state of American democracy. Though the issues of legality, legitimacy, and resistance must be, according to Chomsky, considered in the context of the democratic system, these were not addressed in Court. Chomsky reveals the flawed-nature of America's institutions, observing that if the outcome of this trial were to be taken as a guide of conduct, citizens would have to avoid all public acts undertaken jointly with others who share his views in order to avoid risk of prosecution.