Who Will Defend the Communities?

Photo credit: Mark Roy

Photo credit: Mark Roy

What is the proper role of government?

That’s the one question we can all disagree on. Do we need a state to build roads? Provide economic security? Legislate morality? Keep you from making yourself look hideous? One thing we can all agree on, though, is that we need a government to protect us from criminals.

…right?

Nope. Faced with an increase in violence, coupled by the government’s inability to provide for the public safety, several communities in the south of Mexico have taken up arms on their own initiative. Now, the town of Xaltianguis is sending over 100 women to the frontlines as part of a community self-defense initiative. Proving the modern Mexicana can have it all and still kick butt, the militia volunteers are working out schedules that allow them to continue their home lives while they fight for their town.

Necessity is the mother of invention, and out of the abject failure of the government to protect its citizens has arisen a real, voluntary solution. It’s cheap. It’s effective. And it’s gun-toting fun for the whole family.

What do we need the government for, again?

Joël Valenzuela
Joël Valenzuela
Joël Valenzuela is the editor of The Desert Lynx. He is also the founder of the Rights Brigade, a mover for the Free State Project, and a martial art instructor.