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AUTHOR: Spiro Theodore Agnew (1918–96)
QUOTATION: This is the criminal left that belongs not in a dormitory, but in a penitentiary. The criminal left is not a problem to be solved by the Department of Philosophy or the Department of English—it is a problem for the Department of Justice…. Black or white, the criminal left is interested in power. It is not interested in promoting the renewal and reforms that make democracy work; it is interested in promoting those collisions and conflict that tear democracy apart.
ATTRIBUTION: Vice President SPIRO T. AGNEW, speech at a Florida Republican dinner, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, April 28, 1970.—Collected Speeches of Spiro Agnew, p. 135 (1971).
SUBJECTS: Campus violence