Monday, September 4, 2017
1957, desegregation, "mob rule," crimes, and mysteries
First there is this from The Writer's Almanac:
It was on this day in 1957 that Arkansas governor Orval Faubus called out the National Guard to bar nine black students from entering Central High School in Little Rock. In response, President Dwight D. Eisenhower sent in the 101st Airborne Division to make sure they could enroll. A few days later, Eisenhower made a prime-time, live televised speech to the nation in which he said, "Mob rule cannot be allowed to override the decisions of our courts."
And there is this personal postscript:
Mobs almost always commit crimes, and the cause of the "mob rule" against which President Eisenhower was taking action was a disease of the public mind that had been infecting society for a very long time. Unfortunately, the infectious disease persists.
However, with the 1957 example above excepted (a moment in history I remember well), I think ruthless actions -- yes, even crimes-- against others are sometimes necessary. So, good friends, the mystery resides in this question:
When if ever are crimes and "mob rule" desirable as necessary evils in a society? Can you cite past or present examples?