Thursday, January 09, 2014

Mexican Vigilante Groups

Mexican vigilante groups are popping up in the southwestern part of Mexico to attack cartel members and the corrupt cops that protect them. Security analysts call Mexico either a rising power or a near failed state. Drugs earn Mexico a 25-30 billion annual profit (tax and tariff free) and employs over a million people. Even with a trillion dollar economy, that still has a large impact. Thanks to American drug laws, lack of coping skills in modern Americans, and the emptiness of modern American culture, Mexico has a market just north of a porous border to peddle narcotics. It is not a surprise elite cartel leaders have bought off security and political networks and can dominate regions. It is like any other industry. The interesting thing here is that the citizens are no longer taking it.

This might all be a ruse to show popular anger at the local cartel operatives on behalf of another cartel. Cited in one of the articles is that a people's protest against these vigilante groups was organized by the cartel that these armed men were attacking. This could be a game to get the bought off government officials even more graft money from the cartels. Mexico is a mess, but it is too much for our media to focus on it despite the never-ending stream of illegals pouring into the US from this stumbling regime. These groups might be organic. The crime and murder rates in this area of Mexico are probably not too different from Baltimore or Detroit. Some communities (like Baltimore and Detroit) complain about lawlessness, drug gangs, security impinging on their ability to do anything and corrupt cops, but they choose to just vote Democrat and hope for change. They end up living in open air prisons, but at least they are "free". Lawlessness and basic conditions for daily life could be hitting failed state levels in this region, forcing citizens to perform a basic duty that they had long ago ceded to the government: security.

In neighbouring Guerrero state yesterday, members of the Public Safety System (a community police organisation) marched in honour of their first anniversary
Mexican Vigilantes, Danny Trejo Nowhere to be Found

Look at the pictures in the links above and see the older men marching with rifles on their shoulders. Some men are smiling, some are hiding their faces and others just are showing that they are there with a rifle in their hands, ready and willing. The basic security the men of a community provided for their families and small communities used to be enough. As society grew and the Industrial Revolution sucked more people into cities the concept of a police force took shape. Volunteer watches and private men were not to be trusted compared to the professional, government forces. Time changes institutions, nations and people. Corruption creeps into systems. It is possible that in Mexico the corruption and dysfunction have reached a new nadir, and once again, men must make a show of force. If the USG and municipalities retreat, American men may have to make a show of force again.

1 comment:

Patrick Pastor said...

We will be seeing this a lot in the future as state authority weakens. Another example are the Christian militias that have popped up recently in Syria and Iraq (look up "Sutoro" and "Qaraqosh Protection Committee") to protect Christian enclaves from Jihadist attacks.