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Is Vigilantism Ever Permissible?
Vigilantism is permissible.
Vigilantism can free up public funds for other purposes than law enforcement.
Instead of wasting time with minor infractions, vigilantes can go after major threats such as murderers and rapists.
When the state and its organs prove incapable of providing justice to the people, it is necessary for some other group to step up and provide said justice.
Communities would feel safer knowing that a group has protectors hiding in plain sight, in their community.
Pursuing vigilantism may encourage more violence and crime.
Taking charge of the law means challenging the state’s capacity to implement law and order. Since this capacity is ultimately based on coercion, vigilantism can be considered as challenging the state’s monopoly on legitimate violence.
It is morally wrong to decide punishment without the judicial system.
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