On May 11, we published a blog on the Evils of Mob Rule, explaining that mobs act on emotion, not rational thought, and how people who might otherwise be law-abiding citizens get caught up in the moment and do things they wouldn’t do if they didn’t have the anonymity of being in a crowd.
Los Angeles, 1992. Ferguson, 2014. And now, Minneapolis, 2020.
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. -- George Santayana
The incidents that precipitated these riots stem from unjust use of force by government agents, but it’s the people who own the businesses and buildings that will wind up paying the cost as mobs lash out.
When mobs riot, they use unjust force of their own on people who had nothing to do with the initial incident, including those who are in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The unjust use of force is wrong regardless of who does it. Government becomes tyrannical when it violates the God-given rights of its citizens. Citizens become a mob when they unite to inflict violence on people and property. Both are evil and should be resisted.
Don’t get caught with your guard down. Practice situational awareness. If you can, leave the potential areas of conflict. If you can’t, then the next best thing is to be prepared.
Don’t be a victim.