Thursday, May 1, 2014

Will "Mob Justice" Come to America?

By Simon Black

It was a scene just like out of the Wild West.

18-year-old David Moreyra had stolen a purse. And an angry mob gathered in broad daylight in Rosario, Argentina to lynch him.

It turns out that ‘mob justice’ is on the rise in Argentina, and Mr. Moreyra’s death was just one of more than a dozen recent instances.

Hundreds of years ago during the Age of Enlightenment, liberty-minded philosophers argued that
governments could only derive their authority to govern by receiving consent of the governed.

And that the people would have to voluntarily surrender some of their freedoms to government in exchange for certain services (and protection of their other freedoms).

This idea has become twisted and mutated over time.

These days, the prevailing model is that [some] people pay taxes, and in exchange the government maintains a monopoly over a number of public services.

Security is one obvious example since, for most people, the local police force maintains a monopoly over citizen security.

Any high school economics student can tell you that most monopolies are terribly inefficient.

Yet this is what people have been indoctrinated to believe—that they need the government to protect them. And they’re willing to pay ever-increasing taxes to ensure the government can provide it.

In many cities and countries across the world, they’re even willing to give up their right to bear arms… to give up some personal freedom… in exchange for the government providing a generally inefficient service.

All of this is part of the modern social contract. And when nations go broke, this social contract breaks down.

Many of the public services that government has promised get curtailed, or cut entirely.

The people have held up their end of the bargain. They’ve traded in their freedoms and their income in exchange for services. But the government hasn’t held up theirs.

And because the government has a monopoly on many of these services, suddenly people find themselves without something they have come to depend on.

This is precisely what has happened in Argentina. As the economy continues to struggle from an absurd level of money printing, unemployment and inflation are both painfully high.

Many Argentines are desperate. Crime rates have soared. But the police are utterly worthless.

Once peaceful citizens have been driven to desperation as a result. They’re afraid… and they’re taking matters into their own hands, roaming the streets in lynch gangs.

This isn’t some neighborhood watch or citizen justice program.

They form these gangs out of desperation, signaling that Argentina’s social contract has completely disintegrated.

It’s a rather unfortunate regression for a society. Civilized people don’t form angry mobs to act as judge, jury, and executioner.

As I’ve long-written, there are consequences to destructive economic policy.

Central bankers cannot conjure infinite quantities of currency out of thin air, nor can politicians borrow more money just to pay interest on what they’ve already borrowed, all without consequence.

This is one of those consequences—a complete breakdown of the social contract, giving rise to something so Medieval as lynch gangs and mob justice.

Can it happen where you live? Maybe. No nation is immune to the social effects of economic decay (think Detroit, or even New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina…).

When every shred of data suggests that major western economies are decaying rapidly under the weight of excessive debt and paper currency, it’s foolish to presume that ‘it can’t happen here’.

Even if this risk is low, isn’t it worth at least taking some basic, sensible precaution? It’s like wearing a seatbelt in a vehicle—you don’t expect to get into an accident, but the chances are certainly more than zero.

Be prepared ahead of time.

What to do and where to go is certainly not the conversation you want to be having while mobs are marauding the streets, the cars are set on fire, and while you’re packing your bags.

Do what makes sense no matter what. Put your seatbelt on.

Simon Black is Senior Editor  at Follow Sovereign Man on Facebook, Twitter, Google+


  1. Another reason why to have a gun

    1. You mean 10 guns. Seatbelts, gentlemen, seatbelts.

  2. What's wrong with private individuals looking for a private solution to a problem rather than turning to government? The only issue with law enforcement and punishment is making sure you got the right person.

  3. "Lenin was certainly right. There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency. The process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner which not one man in a million is able to diagnose." - Keynes

  4. Argentinian police may be useless which allows the people to lynch criminals. If the police aren't doing their jobs, citizen justice becomes a necessity for safety. This time they made an example for other purse snatchers to see - it may help.

    In the USA, if the citizens kill a criminal, they will send out a SWAT team and kill the citizens who did it. Unless the citizens organize. If we organize, then we can control the police because we vastly outnumber them.

    Right now we aren't organized - that was the problem on the Bundy ranch. Had the armed citizens been organized, 80,000 armed citizens would have shown up to protect Bundy on the first day of the stand-off. Due to lack of organization, it took many days for just 800 armed citizens to show up. I used to think those Montana militias were kooky - now I see they are right to be organized. Their model should become widespread in the USA to provide protection from our rogue police-state-jack-booted-thug goobermint. Things in this country are going downhill and we may be in far worse shape than Argentina soon.