Out of '60s chaos, Dirty Harry and Popeye Doyle ruled the streets with impunity -- and we've been paying for it ever since

Out of '60s chaos, Dirty Harry and Popeye Doyle ruled the streets with impunity -- and we've been paying for it ever since

By now it’s clear our president isn’t looking for guidance from statesmen, real or fictional. He’s looking instead to the movie tough guys of the early 1970s, born of the chaos and social rebellion of the late 1960s. These guys (always men, almost always white) came equipped with a gun, a badge and a supernaturally accurate sense of righteous wrath.Dirty Harry has a pretender: Dirty Don.“I am your president of law and order,” Donald J. Trump said during a Monday phone conference with U.S. governors, invoking the successful 1968 campaign slogan of Richard M. Nixon. And the rights of the “silent...


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