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Break the Law

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As much as Americans uphold the law, there is a pervading distrust of any law. At the heart of American culture, our democratic values enable us all to voice a healthy skepticism of law, social order, and the government. It is part of our enduring American legacy to question authority. Despite a penchant for authority, it is still a fundamental drive in every American to want to break the law.

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