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The Federal Taxing Power and Organized Crime

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Washington University Law Quarterly


The problem of organized crime presents one of the greatest threats to the stability of our manner of living and to our form of government. In a dictatorship, organized crime, along with all manner of wholesome individual and group activities, .is ruthlessly suppressed. Can a free society such as ours protect itself from those of its members who consciously select crime as a business and make a life outside the law and, at the same time, preserve the constitutional guarantees which we value and cherish? These are serious questions. The answers must be supplied very largely by the Bar and the judiciary. This paper is by no means a final attempt to answer them. The effort in producing it will be justified if it serves to emphasize resources within the law and the Constitution which could be useful in meeting the problem.