American violence

In the United States of America it seems that most people think government is evil and should be minimized at all costs. I believe this is the root of many of the problems that exist there these days.

Everyone clings to the constitution and how they have Rights. But rights cannot be enforced unless there is someone to enforce them. If left to individuals, only strong and powerful have rights.

So, there needs to be a government to enforce the rights of all individuals, strong Or weak, if all are to remain equal. And to enforce this, government needs to use “violence”.

In most other western countries, government has a more or less well established “monopoly on violence” in order to enforce the rule of law. USA is different. Because of the 2nd amendment, citizens are allowed to bear arms, and to use “violence” to protect themselves as well as their property. This is where “the American train” starts to derail.

Hollywood glorifies the lone ranger, strong men and women who seek their own justice, often in defiance of existing law enforcement. And once the bad guy is dead, the story ends without the vigilante ever suffering any consequences for their actions.

And so, the violence continues…

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Over the years I have spent in Africa, it was clear to see that the politicians only cared about themselves, their own family, their own friends and their own tribe. As such, I expect the African continent to remain a poor and underdeveloped continent for the forseeable future.