Mob violence is here to stay — what weapons do we have to fight it?

These violent actors, mostly white men, see themselves as the embodiment of patriots, martyrs and aggrieved victims — a lethal combination. They feed off of each other.

Sense of Decency

Supporters of former President Donald Trump express their outrage about the ‘stolen’ 2020 election outside the U.S. Capitol Jan. 6, 2021. ‘Crossing the Rubicon’ is a reference to Julius Caesar’s decision that led to war and his eventual dictatorship in ancient Rome. Photo © Maranie Staab.


A few summers ago, as our Sunday morning running group mingled and stretched before our weekly long run, the subject of Ultimate Fighting or Mixed Martial Arts came up.

I think there had been a highly publicized fight on TV the night before.

One runner, whose well-muscled physique indicated a serious dedication to weight-lifting (unusual among distance runners), shook his head and said something like, “I think all those guys were beaten by their fathers.”

I bet he’s right. Of course there are other factors that lead to men having or developing a liking for violence — genetics, poor coping skills…

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