??I picked up Perilous Times, by Geoffrey Stone, and started reading. And what I read impressed me. Stone has written an important book on the fate of civil liberties when war passions are riding high. Randolph Bourne wrote that ?war is the health of the state?. He wrote that war 'sets in motion throughout society these irresistible forces for uniformity, for passionate cooperation with the government in coercing into obedience the minority groups and individuals which lack the larger herd sense?.?