Chronicles Magazine August 1997

Don't Feed the War Machine

"His sympathies were for race—too lofty to descend to persons," a wit once said of the abolitionist Senator Sumner. For how else could a man countenance the slaughter of his countrymen, not only rebel Southerners but noble Robert Gould Shaw and...

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    Euthanasia for Excellence

    On April 10 of last year, the European Patent Office quietly awarded a patent to Michigan State University (MSU) for "euthanasia solutions which use the anesthetic gammahydroxy-butramide (embutramide) as a basis for formulating the composition."

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    Crime, Punishment, and Civility

    In 1777, upon the execution of the preacher Dr. William Dodd, Samuel Johnson produced one of his most memorable aphorisms: "Depend upon it. Sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully."

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