On October 1, a Maryland man was arrested for the murder of his brother and sister.
He believed his brother, a pharmacist, was killing people with the Covid-1 vaccine.
The confusion and denial of scientific reality, on the one hand, and this denial of events, on the other, is also disturbing for what it indicates about the growing rejection of the rule of law. Not only did this man fall victim to conspiracy theories, the right-wing insanity believed that the vaccine could not only protect people but also cause them serious harm, but he felt he had the license to pass the law into his own hands and judges, juries and executioners. Works as.
What happens when you pick up the phone and call the police if you believe someone has killed you? If it is urgent, dial 911.
Well, obviously this guy knew that his pharmacist brother wasn’t breaking any socially sanctioned laws and probably the police wouldn’t work.
He acted according to the law and the sense of distorted justice that he and other conspiracy theorists discovered.
And why wouldn’t he believe that the law has the right to take it into its own hands?
Texas legislators recently passed the infamous abortion ban, which is not in the hands of state authorities but in the hands of private citizens. Private citizens have the power to sue anyone who believes they are violating the law and, if they win, receive at least $ 10,000 from the opponent and a reward for their legal costs. If the plaintiff loses, they will not have to pay the defendant’s legal fees, but will have to give the private citizen the heavy power of a kind of vigilant trial without impunity.
On a larger scale, we have seen the Republican Party encourage private citizens to reject the legal democratic process and state authority.
Just take their feedback about the January 6 incident. Based on their response, it is quite true with them that the rioters assaulted and killed the police officers.
And we’ve seen it for four years when Democrats tried to uphold the rule of law and investigate Trump and his administration. Trump and his people refused to respect Subpena; When Trump circles like Michael Flynn, Roger Stone and Paul Manafort were convicted of the crime, they apologized to Trump.
Lessons? Americans have the right to disobey the law and play by their own rules.
Again, we see this not only from private citizens, but also from government leaders. In fact, Republicans refuse to raise the limit for their red pay, and approving them is just one example where we see them setting an example where disobeying the rules and causing great harm to the country and the people is acceptable.
We are in a dangerous moment in America. Republicans have effectively approved violent cautionary justice, and we can expect more of it from inside and outside government.
Tim Liberty is a professor of American literature and culture at a state university in Chicago. A long-time progressive voice, she has published numerous academic and journalistic articles on culture, class, race, gender, and politics, for which she has worked with the Working Class Studies Association, the International Labor Communications Association, the National Federation of Press Women, and the Illinois Women.