Noah Chomsky has written of Justice Fortas' essay that it "is not serious enough for extended discussion." It would be a mistake to dismiss the essay so lightly. The prestige of Justice Fortas' office almost inevitably will gain for the essay an audience it would not otherwise have had, among whom will be those who will confuse the office with the argument. For some this confusion will insulate the argument from criticism. For others it will tarnish the office.
Sandalow, Terrance. Review of Concerning Dissent and Civil Disobedience, by A. Fortas. Mich. L. Rev. 67 (1969): 599-612.