Peaceful and responsible private militias should be allowed to grow as freely as the riots they oppose. American communities would benefit substantially, and there would be no need for a politicized response from Washington, DC.
To many, talk of private militias sounds just as crazy as the times through which we’re currently living. How could private militias do anything but inflame a polarized country enduring economic and social upheaval? Wouldn’t they accelerate a violent breakdown of our society?
A proper understanding of militias can assuage such fears and illuminate the benefits of this once great institution of American life. As Ryan McMaken points out, “militias were considered to be common institutions central to civic and community life” in the 19th century. That traditional role for militias could be filled once again if there was popular demand and support.
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