Monday, November 30, 2009

The Trans-American Vigilantes

With the widespread proliferation of firearms within a globalized economy with increasing wealth disparities, non-state responses to organized crime have emerged in Mexican towns and Brazilian favelas to fill the security gaps the government police and military forces can't.

Meanwhile, fears provoked by the Obama administration and the current economic decline in the United States has led plenty of 2nd Amendment enthusiasts to form militias in anticipation of lawlessness and/or a federally-imposed attempt at martial law.

While many of these vigilante organizations exist to defend against armed, criminal groups involved with narco-trafficking, Colombia's own United Self-Defense Groups of Colombia (AUC), in contrast, are actually funded by the cocaine trade to fight anti-government guerrillas.

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