What is the Rule of Law?

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Hold the line' commands protected lives during riot, police say - Baltimore  Sun

Generally, when we think of a Without Rule of Law (WROL) situation, the first thing that comes to mind is a complete and total collapse. No police, no fire services, nothing at all. That’s generally what we mean.

However, we currently find ourselves in an odd world where things seem to run normally, but the Rule of Law has been set aside, or altered, depending on what group you belong to. One side can riot and destroy things and have their charges dismissed. The other side is charged with crimes for lawfully resisting these attacks. Our friends over at http://www.ForwardObserver.com call this “Gray zone warfare”.

The dictionary defines “Rule of Law” as:

the restriction of the arbitrary exercise of power by subordinating it to well-defined and established laws.

Conversely then, we could call the arbitrary exercise of power by setting aside well-defined and established laws as “Without Rule of Law”.

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