private parts

published in  Forbes Magazine, September 3, 2007

Private Parts

Patricia J. Williams 

Not long ago I found myself sitting around the jury pool with a small group of fellow New Yorkers, chatting, going to lunch, talking.  It was an odd little gaggle—odder still because I was about the only one over thirty.  This being the Big Apple, we were all registered Democrats, all self-described “lefties”–and yet, I felt a strange generation gap when it came to the matter of civil liberties, particularly those having to do with notions of privacy and unreasonable searches and seizures. 

I wasn’t entirely prepared for this.   After all, a a recent poll, conducted by the New York Times, CBS and MTV, purports to show that “liberal ideas are gaining among young people.”


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