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The Transformation of American Society

By James Corbett, The International Forecaster:

You can learn a lot about what a society holds dear by the stories it tells itself. Take The Andy Griffith Show. Back in 1967 there was an episode called “The Tape Recorder” in which a suspected bank robber is caught in Mayberry and taken into custody. Opie and Arnold use their tape recorder to record a private conversation between the robber and his lawyer that proves that he robbed the bank, but when they try to tell Andy about what they heard, Andy tells them in no uncertain terms why he won’t listen to the tape and why it must be destroyed:

“You bugged a conversation between a lawyer and his client. Now that’s violating one of the most sacred rights of privacy,” he chides his son while proceeding to erase the tape. Opie, exasperated, starts “But if it helps the law…” and Andy replies: “Opie, the law can’t use this kind of help. Because whether a man is guilty or innocent, we have to find that out by due process of law.”

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