Vigilantism

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    Do you think this measure will ever, or can be, justified? And do you know of any instances where it's been constructively applied?

    Persoanlly speaking - and from a western point-of-view - I can see the pros, but experience forewarns me of all the inevitable abuses and subsequent injustices. For and against comes in equal measure, as well as cost.
     
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    It only becomes necessary when you're government or your police force is corrupt.

    MSNBC has been calling for armed insurrection since Nov. of last year. They support the OWS. They swallow everything Obama says or does. You could say they're owned by the government. This alone reeks of corruption. The left believes in mob-mentality. It's their bread & butter.

    It's one thing to kick the crap out of somebody caught in the act of rape or child-molestation. When it comes to fighting corruption we can only protest and inform.....and vote.
     
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    Big Sword Society? Doesn't this really depend on which side you are standing on?

    If the social contract is broken, then this measure would be justified. But, history says that it would not look good.
     
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    The last time "vigilantism" was authorized in the US was when democrats were beating up Blacks in the streets during segregation riots in the 60's.
     
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    I support and strongly advocate vigilantism. When the government of any nation is not serving its people, then I would the people would be courageous enough to stand up to their government and/or implement existing laws to protect the interest of the people.
     
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    The running down of the Police, increase in crime , vigilantism will come!
     
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    Be wary about people who advocate vigiliantism in America these days. Are they really advocating anarchy? Was Bill Ayers a vigilante? How about the "Mad Bomber" who did it for the environment and had Al Gore's book in his pocket or the nut case who shot Reagan for Jodie Foster? How about the Weatherman gang who killed two Police Officers and two Brinks Guards to finance the revolution? What's the difference between a good vigilante and a bad vigilante? Anybody who spends time trying to figure out the difference is a fool. There is no good vigilante.
     
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    It was used quite effectively against the Sydney Ducks gang of San Franciso in the 1850's, and it was also used effectively against 3 murderers in Bodie in the 1870's. More recently it was used to kill a vicious criminal in Missouri back in the 1980's or 90's (I can't remember the exact decade) who was able to terrify the legal system to the point that he was basically untouchable. The townspeople killed him and crime plummeted, he was a one man crime wave.

    So yes, it has been used and will be used again.
     
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    Can you please state your definition of vigilantism?
     

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