Are you authorized to defend yourself?

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August 18, 2011
Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Wendy McElroy  
Posted in Commentary

"What will you do if rioting sweeps US cities as it did British ones last week? Vigilantism is defined as 'Taking the law into one's own hands and attempting to effect justice according to one's own understanding of right and wrong.' Typically, it occurs when traditional law enforcement is absent, ineffective, or corrupt. When exercised in defense of person and property, vigilantism is the direct expression of an individual's right to protect himself or innocent others against aggression." (08/18/11)  

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