Harvey Mansfield, a longtime Harvard professor and one of the most astute commentators on public matters, once remarked, “You can tell who has power in a society by who is allowed to get angry.”

That was an unusual insight in “normal” times; it looks almost like a truism now, as the United States — and the Catholic Church — emerge from the nightmare of yet another instance of police misconduct against a black man and the subsequent protests, looting and riots.

Power, contrary to what many would like to think these days, will and must exist in any society. The question is rather when power is being used for good ends and when it is not. There hasn’t been a great deal of clarity about this subject in recent weeks, when anger has rent the small store of public reason that has managed to survive in modern America.  /…

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