...But of these sophisms and elenchs of merchandise I skill not...
Milton, Areopagitica

Except he had found the
standing sea-rock that even this last
Temptation breaks on; quieter than death but lovelier; peace
that quiets the desire even of praising it.

Jeffers, Meditation On Saviors



Vigilantism is dangerous because it feeds on visceral rage and because it comes with few safeguards. Rage is a powerful tool for activism, but not a very good one for justice. Group rage, in particular, heats quickly and perpetuates itself; and it's difficult to cool. It's also difficult to control, especially when there are a great many anonymous actors in play who are only loosely accountable to each other and certainly aren't answering to anyone else.
Unchecked authority is a dangerous thing, and we should always be wary of powerful actors whose actions are largely unfettered by oversight or accountability...
Jill Filipovic/Guardian 18/Nov/13

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