Law and Order

  • Larry Krasner and the Limits of "Law and Order"

    by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

    Pennsylvania Republicans have launched a futile effort to impeach the reformist Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner, defying local democracy to try to score political points through a backlash exploiting white voters' fears of crime. 

  • Why American Christians "Back the Blue" so Fervently

    by Aaron Griffith

    Evangelicals within police forces and in the public at large have been encouraged to understand a scriptural mandate for police authority that often short-circuits consideration of other Christian obligations for justice, argues a historian of evangelical attitudes to law and order. 

  • Trump, Vicar of Fear and Violence

    New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow writes that Trump is just the latest in a long line of American politicians who have stoked racist fears for advantage. 

  • Trump and Biden Ready to Refight 1968

    Neither campaign can control the events — or root causes — driving America’s summer of unrest. But they both want to control the narrative.

  • Donald Trump’s Message is Falling Flat Because it is Outdated

    by A. K. Sandoval-Strausz

    Our cities and suburbs look and feel very different than they did in the depths of the urban crisis in the late 1960s. That’s one reason Trump’s attempt to revive the law-and-order playbook of that era has fallen flat.

  • The Disgrace of Donald Trump

    by Sean Wilentz

    Trump wants to copy Richard Nixon's "law and order" appeals, but may end up echoing Herber Hoover's violent crushing of the Bonus March movement. 

  • 2020 Is Not 1968. It May Be Worse.

    by Niall Ferguson

    The Hoover Institution Senior Fellow suggests that the current political climate--a reelection campaign amid multiple national crises--has both similarities and differences from 1968. 

  • Law And Order Won’t Help Trump Win Reelection

    by Kevin M. Kruse

    The call for “law and order” is a complaint that those tasked with upholding the law and maintaining order have failed at the job and need to be replaced.