Michael Snyder writes at Infowars:
Do you think that is an alarmist headline? Well, I am not the one saying this.
Law enforcement authorities all over the country are telling citizens that they can no longer deal with all the crime and that people need to lock their doors and prepare to defend their families.
This report at Infowars calls to mind the opening words of Francis Schaeffer in his video series titled, How Should We Then Live?
There is violence and a breakdown in society up to the point in which it is unsafe to walk through the streets of many of the cities of the world.
On the other hand there is a danger of an increasing authoritarianism to meet the threat of chaos in our own countries and internationally.
Should we despair and give in? If not, how should we then live?
If there are not sufficient police resources to quell the criminal element, of course families should take it upon themselves to protect themselves.
In point of fact, this is a reasonable course of action in a broken world: Self-defense always begins at home. Waiting on police to arrive to save the day may make you and family a day late and far more than a few dollars short.
Seconds can be a matter of life and death.
In addition, a police force large enough to relieve individuals and families of the responsibility to protect themselves would be so powerful that it itself would constitute a danger to public safety.
Such a force would need to be virtually omnipresent. But then who would police the police?
History is replete with examples of authoritarian government "protecting" society by brutal, totalitarian methods.
Thanks, but no thanks.
What is helpful about the Schaeffer film series mentioned above is that it offers both analysis and real-world solutions.
The battle against social breakdown cannot be won by defensive measures alone. "Locking doors" may address an immediate tactical situation, but what must be done, strategically, on offense, to address challenges beyond the front door?
Moreover, looking today to massive government to solve such a crisis is to unleash a monopoly of power and manipulation that would have made dictatorial elites of the 20th century salivate with expectations of transgenerational total control.
Instead, a humane and civil society must rise up against chaos and authoritarianism to reassert both form and freedom (a helpful Schaefferian phrase) in their proper balance.
"Should we despair and give in?" Absolutely not.
To find out why, I recommend, as a starting point, that free-thinkers, creative artists, writers, thought leaders, and church groups (which really should be among the avant-garde) think through the information, analysis, and proposed solutions set forth by Schaeffer in How Should We Then Live?
You will want to move out from this starting point -- to deepen foundations, to extend positive applications to business, the arts, family, science, government, and so on. But this is a super place to begin to explore future horizons.
When it comes to defending your family, the best defense is a great offense.