Crime and Law

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Under Discussion: Right to Riot?

Can looting and vandalism ever be considered a justified response to oppression? Does it effectively communicate a message of resistance?
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Under Discussion: Law and Order as Suppression and Oppression

The "law and order" slogan is nothing more than a wish return to the status quo that is fundamentally opposed to the project of racial justice.
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Under Discussion: Law and Order, Human Nature, and Substantive Justice

What function is the law supposed to serve and why is that aim sometimes at odds with justice?
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Kyle Rittenhouse and the Legal/Moral Limits of Self-Defense

Depictions of Rittenhouse as a brave patriot standing his ground and acting in self-defense are doing legal and moral harm.
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Wildfires and Prison Labor: Crisis Continues to Expose Systemic Inequity

Upon what theory of punishment do the incarcerated not deserve protection from exploitation?
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The “Wall of Moms” and Manipulating Implicit Bias

Media narratives regarding the "Wall of Moms" protests in Portland have a lot to say about implicit bias and the responsibilities of white allyship.
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To Requite, To Restore, or To Deter: Punishing Amy Cooper

What model of punishment best accommodates our intuitions in this particular case?
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The BARD Standard and Justified Execution

Does the very possibility of wrongful conviction — inherent to the BARD standard — render capital punishment unconscionable?
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Censoring “Gratuitous” Violence

Confronting real-world violence can be an important agent of change. Might we have a social responsibility to share and bear witness to real-life horrors?
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Undoing White Privilege

Identifying and disassembling the institutions of white supremacy will require a concerted effort. What does allyship require?