What Police Reformers Can Learn from Russell Kirk

Police stand guard in front of a boarded up shop during a demonstration against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd in Anaheim, Calif., June 1, 2020. (Mike Blake/Reuters)
Amid such vast and rapid change, it is a healthy thing — as ever — to take a breath and to consider the words of the great American moralist.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he past few weeks have not been kind to traditional, cops-on-the-street policing. In the aftermath of a few heavily reported black deaths at the hands of the police, even Republican politicians have been pressured into introducing new legislation aimed at holding officers accountable for hostile and aggressive behavior. On the other hand, left-wing activists have called for reforms ranging from modest police-department budget cuts to the outright dissolution of policing. This shift in momentum is not confined to the realm of words: Local governments have answered the demands of Black Lives Matter and other groups by effecting large-scale changes. New


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