The obvious way to eradicate crime is to eradicate criminals, but neither the lawgivers nor the constabulary seem inclined to do this.
__ Jeff Cooper
Case Study: Phillipines
Eradicating criminals may seem a radical approach to eradicating crime, but there is some logic to the idea. We have a real-life example of someone (Rodrigo Duarte, the new president of The Philippine Islands) who set about to do exactly that in Davao City, Philippines. Read on:
Until Duarte got elected [mayor] in the 1990s Davao City was an economic mess and had one of the highest crime rates in the country. The local government was corrupt and Duarte said he would fix it. He did, but not by using methods anyone expected. His most alarming tactic was to approve the use of death squads to murder criminals caught in the act. In the past bribes and a well-connected lawyer could get the worst criminals set free. No more. The use of death squads by powerful men was not unusual in the Philippines, especially in the south. So Duarte was able to get away with it. Soon people realized that he maintained control of the death squads and the crime rate plunged after about a thousand accused criminals were murdered. Duarte also cracked down on corruption in general and hired competent economic and business advisors to create an economic boom. Duarte describes himself as a socialist but not anti-business.
Davao City is now the safest city in the country and one of the ten safest in the world. The economy continues to prosper and the rest of the country was envious. One thing led to another and Duarte ran for president and won big. This is expected to shake up the Philippines more than any new president has for decades. Most Filipinos want less crime and more prosperity… __ http://strategypage.com/qnd/phillip/articles/20160514.aspx
Death squads murdering criminals caught in the act? It sounds quite brutal, but it seems to have worked for Davao City, at least for now. Duarte is the new president of The Phillipines, so the experiment may be extended to the entire island nation.
The man who elects to prey upon society deserves no consideration from society. If he survives his act of violence, he rates a fair trial—but only to be sure that there has been no mistake about his identity. If he is killed in the act, there can be little doubt about whose act it was.
__ Jeff Cooper
Cooper is not calling for vigilantism, but rather for self-reliance. Deadly force by criminals should be met by deadly force from ordinary citizens. One cannot depend upon governments or police — when seconds count, help is minutes or hours away.
Even Duarte’s “extreme justice” death squad summary executions of criminals caught in the act cannot protect most potential victims — until it has been allowed to play out for several years or decades, culling the herd of its more violent elements. That is unlikely to happen in modern western nations that consider themselves too civilised to terminate the lives of even the most vicious miscreants.
Under some forms of justice, thieves lose their hands, hooligans are publicly lashed or caned, and other more extreme punishments are meted out for more extreme crimes. For most of such societies, public crime is less prevalent than in more “civilised” places such as Paris, London, Cologne, Stockholm, or New York.
Crime Begins in the Mind, for Biological and Genetic Reasons
There’s no question whatsoever that genetic influences play a very significant role in shaping crime and violence. That can no longer be disputed. What can be debated is what specific genes are involved – and in what way. The gene that codes for the enzyme MAOA does seem to be involved at some level, but there’s still a long way to go in the hunt for genes that predispose to violence.
There’s also an explosion of brain imaging research. The most replicable finding so far is dysfunction to the prefrontal cortex, the “guardian angel” in the brain that controls our impulsive behavior and regulates our emotions. Damage that emergency brake on behavior, and explosive violence is not far away. __ Secrets of Criminal Mind
No amount of prison time or psychiatric rehabilitation can alter the criminal’s genetic makeup or reverse the brain damage that may have predisposed him to violent behaviours. It is easy to see why summary executions of violent criminals caught in the act might appeal to much-victimised law-abiding people — especially if it has been proven to be effective in improving quality of life for productive and peace loving citizens.
But as neuroscience and genetic therapies improve, alternative — but equally effective — methods of removing criminal minds from the population will be devised.
Murdering criminals may well work in Davao City, and in much of the rest of the oft-violent third world, roiling in anarchy. What are the lessons to be learned by Europe and the Anglosphere, when threatened by waves of violent migrants who refuse to follow the laws of the land? Difficult to say.
But the least that residents of Europe and the Anglosphere should do is to make themselves tougher, more robustly resilient, more Dangerous, and more anti-fragile. Vigilantism is inevitable when governments fail to make the streets and countryside safe for ordinary citizens. But a self-reliant populace can discourage crime and criminals in many ways, other than by killing them.
Case Study: Mexico
IN ASCENCION, MEXICO — In this dusty farm town, an hour south of the U.S. border, more than 40 people were abducted – one a week – in the first nine months of the year. Then, on Sept. 21, the kidnappings stopped.
That was the day a gang of kidnappers with AK-47s burst into Lolo’s seafood restaurant and tried to abduct the 17-year-old cashier. A mob of enraged residents chased down two of the teenage attackers and lynched them in a cotton field on the edge of town. “We’re not proud of what happened,” said Georgina “Coca” Gonzalez, who helped form an armed citizens’ group after the incident to fight crime and prevent kidnappings. “But we’re united now – the whole town. And we all want justice.” __ http://blasphemes.blogspot.com/2010/12/vigilantism-on-rise-in-mexico.html
Vigilante action is not pretty or clean. It is a sign of desperation on the part of ordinary citizens who have taken as much as they are willing. It might be nice to be able to wave a magic wand and eradicate the violent and criminal impulses which inhabit the minds of so many people today. But lacking that option, people are certain to take the law into their own hands when pushed beyond their tolerance levels.
It is clear that modern tolerance toward violent crime by justice systems tends to breed more violent crime — creating job security for law enforcement agencies in the process. But that may not be what citizens think they should be getting for their tax dollars.
Mexico and the Philippines are one thing, of course. But will countries of Europe and the Anglosphere ever see wide scale organised vigilante actions? Give them time. At the present rate of dysgenic decline, expect to see more signs of calculated vigilantism in the cities of Europe and the Anglosphere before the decade is up.