When Nations Go Broke: Mob Justice

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Simon Black via Sovereign Man blog,

It was a scene just like out of the Wild West.


18-year-old David Moreyra had stolen a purse. And an angry mob gathered in broad daylight in Rosario, Argentina to lynch him.


It turns out that ‘mob justice’ is on the rise in Argentina, and Mr. Moreyra’s death was just one of more than a dozen recent instances.

Hundreds of years ago during the Age of Enlightenment, liberty-minded philosophers argued that governments could only derive their authority to govern by receiving consent of the governed.

And that the people would have to voluntarily surrender some of their freedoms to government in exchange for certain services (and protection of their other freedoms).

This idea has become twisted and mutated over time.

These days, the prevailing model is that [some] people pay taxes, and in exchange the government maintains a monopoly over a number of public services.

Security is one obvious example since, for most people, the local police force maintains a monopoly over citizen security.

Any high school economics student can tell you that most monopolies are terribly inefficient.

Yet this is what people have been indoctrinated to believe—that they need the government to protect them. And they’re willing to pay ever-increasing taxes to ensure the government can provide it.

In many cities and countries across the world, they’re even willing to give up their right to bear arms… to give up some personal freedom… in exchange for the government providing a generally inefficient service.

All of this is part of the modern social contract. And when nations go broke, this social contract breaks down.

Many of the public services that government has promised get curtailed, or cut entirely.

The people have held up their end of the bargain. They’ve traded in their freedoms and their income in exchange for services. But the government hasn’t held up theirs.

And because the government has a monopoly on many of these services, suddenly people find themselves without something they have come to depend on.

This is precisely what has happened in Argentina. As the economy continues to struggle from an absurd level of money printing, unemployment and inflation are both painfully high.

Many Argentines are desperate. Crime rates have soared. But the police are utterly worthless.

Once peaceful citizens have been driven to desperation as a result. They’re afraid… and they’re taking matters into their own hands, roaming the streets in lynch gangs.

This isn’t some neighborhood watch or citizen justice program.

They form these gangs out of desperation, signalling that Argentina’s social contract has completely disintegrated.

It’s a rather unfortunate regression for a society. Civilized people don’t form angry mobs to act as judge, jury, and executioner.

As I’ve long-written, there are consequences to destructive economic policy.

Central bankers cannot conjure infinite quantities of currency out of thin air, nor can politicians borrow more money just to pay interest on what they’ve already borrowed, all without consequence.

This is one of those consequences—a complete breakdown of the social contract, giving rise to something so Medieval as lynch gangs and mob justice.

Can it happen where you live? Maybe. No nation is immune to the social effects of economic decay (think Detroit, or even New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina…).

When every shred of data suggests that major western economies are decaying rapidly under the weight of excessive debt and paper currency, it’s foolish to presume that ‘it can’t happen here’.

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SAT 800's picture

Think primitive tribal people if you want to understand mobs; any  live near you? then you know the answer.

Anusocracy's picture

Except tribes frown on intra-tribal violence - for survival and familial reasons.

They are forced to accept violence from the dominants though.

And of course tribal warfare is just monkey warfare for H. sapiens.

Ying-Yang's picture

Russia now an adversary, NATO official says

WASHINGTON -- After two decades of trying to build a partnership with Russia, the NATO alliance now feels compelled to start treating Moscow as an adversary, the second-ranking official of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization said Thursday.

"Clearly the Russians have declared NATO as an adversary, so we have to begin to view Russia no longer as a partner but as more of an adversary than a partner," said Alexander Vershbow, the deputy secretary-general of NATO. 

Vershbow argued that Russia has violated its part of that agreement by its actions in Ukraine, and thus, "we would be within our rights now" to set aside the 1997 commitment by permanently stationing substantial numbers of combat troops in Poland or other NATO member nations in Eastern Europe. He said that question will be considered by leaders of NATO nations over the summer.

Guess what is next?


ZerOhead's picture

"Guess what is next?"

Since the Ukrainian/IMF government is now calling for conscription it's probably not peace...


SWRichmond's picture

Tune your weapons and your body.  The party will be starting eventually.

NotApplicable's picture

Why does Simon act as if there's consequences for the banksters?

Manthong's picture

Does that civilized behavior and human respect thing apply to stringing up bankers?

And I heard some banker claimed to be doing God’s work.

So is it fitting and just that he be sainted or deified by crucifixion?


Ying-Yang's picture

Maybe Ukrainians will skip the draft and go to Canada?

ZerOhead's picture

Not a bad idea actually...

Pure Evil's picture

Not as easy as it was during the Vietnam war.

From 2009.

McMolotov's picture

If they have to conscript troops, they've already lost. It means there isn't nearly enough popular support among ordinary Ukrainians.

ZerOhead's picture

Judging by the high level of defections of Ukrainian forces sent to the East to quell the uprisings to date... they might be wise not to give the new conscripts weapons they don't want to lose...

youngman's picture

Depends on what the Vodka allotment is...if they sign up or not...a bottle a day keeps the Ruskies away...

SAT 800's picture

There isn't any support amongst ordinary Ukrainians. That's why I believe the whole thing will expire and resolve into a comic farce. Insofar as they have troops they're just waiting for "contact" so they can surrender. Nobody wants to get shot for a "President" that came from a street mob. It's just a sham.

ZerOhead's picture

There is also a generational divide. The younger ones like the Western entertainment culture. The older folks are becoming nostalgic for the "good ole days".

They just want to be left in peace with good relations with both countries and as much independance for themselves as they can get.

The neoNazis/IMF however will not let that happen. And hardship for all is just around the corner and that is when shit is really going to heat up unless cooler heads appear on the scene...

daveO's picture

They may just vote to rejoin Russia.

moonstears's picture

I joined a certain organization years ago, USA. After decades I had to admit that "We used to understand the commies were not our friends, they spy on us, put out their propoganda, now evidently we borrow money from them."

Good to see the universe make sense again. 

Yes Putin apologists, fuck you.

maskone909's picture

stupid fucking argentinian twats.  lynch some stupid kid over a purse when banks are robbing them daily.  fucking assholes. 

their steaks are, however, quite tasty.

drendebe10's picture

.... it's a start... takes time to work ur way to the top..... patience....

Matt's picture

You're right, it is far better to spend >$100,000 per year of taxpayer's money to send that kid to a prison, where he can live off of his victims.

SAT 800's picture

I'm not a Putin Apologist; I'm an enthusiastic supporter. And you're lost in the past.

daveO's picture

Putin's the closest thing to a Christian in this.

LooseLee's picture

Make quite sure the 'COMMIES' you abhor do not live next to you (or in the same country)...

McMolotov's picture

I now expect Russia to station substantial numbers of combat troops in Mexico.


(And, yes, I'm yelling.)

Ying-Yang's picture

Cártel de Sinaloa + Vlad... Ouch

McMolotov's picture

Yes, that would be painful. Probably can't happen, though, since the Sinaloa Cartel is already partnered with HSBC.

Ying-Yang's picture

Yes but Putin has Russian women as incentive

McMolotov's picture

Good point. In foreign policy, the coochie factor should never be underestimated.

moonstears's picture

bring it. May the Russian troops straighten 'em out so we(USA) can annex Mexico when all's done with. They think the Afghans were tough, Pepe Lopez is a bitch.

Headbanger's picture

This is where individual beliefs, creeds and loyalties become extremely important to your survival and society.

Be sure you truly know what and why you are doing

For without wisdom is savagery.

We are tested again.

Prove chaos wrong

Else it will prove you wrong.

daveO's picture

Add that to the fact that criminals no longer spend much time in jail(and forget about murderers getting executed). It's no wonder Stand Your Ground laws are popping up everywhere. The gov. hasn't done it's job(with the exception of 3 strikes laws) for 40 years.

El Vaquero's picture


Can it happen where you live? Maybe. No nation is immune to the social effects of economic decay (think Detroit, or even New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina…).

It nearly did happen in my neck of the woods last month.  Cops shoot a camper, protesters show up, get unruly, and in one instance, had a couple of cops cornered in their car and beat the shit out of their car. 

drendebe10's picture

Too bad for the cop car.... an innocent bystander....

ClassicalLib17's picture

The taxpayers own the  "cop"car. 

mumbo.jumbo's picture

i feel the urge to share these bombs of reason here:


Message to Police



Heroes … Not (a moral examination of the people who become policeman (or soldiers) in a statist society)



Leaders and Enforcers: Where does the blame belong?



When Should You Shoot a Cop?



Shooting Cops


LawsofPhysics's picture

Why don't these mobs ever get the real "perps"?  Come on, get organized people.

Anusocracy's picture

Ideally, a civilized society would excommunicate its evil-doers.

So, maybe it means a lack of enough civilized people.

sessinpo's picture

  awsofPhysics                 Why don't these mobs ever get the real "perps"?  Come on, get organized people.


Until those mobs are after you because you have more then them, like food?

drendebe10's picture

Three cheers for the "uncivilized" mob punishing the damn thief who in likelihood gotten away with his crime just like in the USSA... a lot of corrupt capitalist thieves and politicians might stand a dose of that or two, maybe..... while they live their grand imperial isolated lifestyles at mostly the expense of tax paying US citizen serfs and peasants... 

Ms. Erable's picture

That's right, Simon. Civilized people just sit there and take it up the ass - because civilized people would never rebel against illegitimate or corrupt-to-the-core authority.

sessinpo's picture

Great comment.

Civilized people take action against evil and corruption. Perhaps Simon needs some civil action upon him

JuliaS's picture

Indeed. On this boat the passengers are coached to keep serving drinks and playing music while the captain packs his bags and quietly escorts himself to the lifeboats.

A Nanny Moose's picture

illegitimate or corrupt-to-the-core authority.


As if there is any other kind.

mumbo.jumbo's picture

Civilized people just sit there and take it up the ass


that's a strawman. he said that to lynch mob someone young on spot for allegedly stealing a purse is something that civilized people should outgrow. due process is not something silly to be dismissed, and it has nothing to do with the residing corrupt ruling elite and the treatment they deserve (except that the due process applies to them also).

Ms. Erable's picture

Civilized people don’t form angry mobs to act as judge, jury, and executioner.

I don't see where this statement is limited to purse snatchers in the above article, do you? Due process is easily dismissed if due process is defined and controlled by the residing corrupt ruling elite; see Patriot Act I and II, along with their multiple re-authorizations and extensions so you can learn how due process applies only to the residing corrupt ruling elite - and not to you or me.

And then tell me, in what civilized manner are such criminal parasites removed in the absence of due process? Hint:

Civilized people form angry mobs to act as judge, jury, and executioner.

StandardDeviant's picture

Or, there's this approach:

"When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another..."

Oldballplayer's picture

The big difference between the US and many of these countries is that there are firearms laying around all over the place.

When we "decay", it's gonna get bad, fast.

El Vaquero's picture

Yuppers.  Once that first shot is fired, either into an angry mob, or by that angry mob, the potential is there for it to ignite into a full scale civil war, and quickly.  50 years ago, there was still hope of a brighter future.  Now, there is not.  Without that hope, people are going to have a lot more of a feeling that there is little left to lose, and a lot to gain.