Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. His latest book is Reforming Journalism. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

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Both sides, now

Protest | After George Floyd’s death, we shouldn’t ignore protesters’ cries or looters’ destruction
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 6/11/20, 02:23 pm

“All right we are two nations,” John Dos Passos concluded in his 1936 novel about wealth and poverty, The Big Money. Events during the two weeks concluding on June 8 showed that’s true about the disunited states today, although the divide at street level is not so much rich vs. poor but protected-from-consequences vs. exposed, and tired-of-harassment vs. tired-of-chastisement. 

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Associated Press/Photo by Steven Senne

Reforming the police

Crime | Can progressives and conservatives find common ground?
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 6/08/20, 09:40 am

Now that the May 28–June 1 looting orgy in many cities is in our rearview mirror, but calls to abolish police forces are in front of us, we can take time to ponder some historical experience. I’m fascinated that Vox progressive Jane Coastan and The Dispatch conservative David French agree that we need to “curtail the power of police unions”—and it’s even more interesting that The New York Times and Calvin Coolidge agree with them.

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Associated Press (Cleveland) and Library of Congress (Wilson)

Evangelicals engaging American history

History | With the plight of a couple of Presbyterian presidents as examples. The third in a series of “stump speeches”
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 6/06/20, 02:01 pm

We’re publishing a monthly series of “stump speeches” I’ve given over the last 25 years. Last month, it was a talk I gave about Andrew Jackson and peer pressure. In April, we posted my speech about how concerns over corrupt Anglicanism helped spur American colonists to revolt. Here’s one I gave at a conference hosted by the Jonathan Edwards Institute on July 6, 1999.

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