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The Terrible Myth

In this speech that is believed to have taken place in February, 1970, William Kunstler talks about what he thinks is the "terrible myth" of organized society: Because people trust the established legal system, they tend to accept its outcomes without much consideration. Citing several examples, Kunstler concludes that governments have used the law to put people to death throughout history, because this "aura of legality" is a very powerful thing and "all tyrants learn that it is far better to do this thing through some semblance of legality than to do it without that pretense."

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