Fanny Schoonheyt

   Fanny Schoonheyt took part in
   combat operations to defend Spain's
   democracy from a military uprising
   supported by Nazi Germany; notably
   seizing arms from the military
   barracks in Barcelona at the outbreak
   of war in July 1936 after entering
   through the roof with her comrades,
   and on the frontlines at Aragón where
   she was wounded later that year.


What does 'Militie Zonder Grenzen' mean?

Militie Zonder Grenzen ("milit-zee zond-er gren-zen") is a Dutch term that translates as 'Militia Without Borders'. The Dutch form was used to honor Fanny Schoonheyt, the only woman from the Netherlands to take up arms in defense of Spain's democratically elected republican government during the Spanish Civil War against the Nazi backed fascists.

What does our emblem represent?

The white symbol on the black shield is an alchemist sign for iron, the most common element on earth by mass that forms much of the Earth's inner and outer core. They are reminiscent of the Zulu shield and spear and represent the determination of members to defend the weak with deadly force when necessary.

What is the militia?

The militia consists of the 'unorganized militia' and the ‘organized militia’. The unorganized militia is comprised of citizens eligible to serve as soldiers in the defense forces of a nation in an emergency. The organized militia is made up of citizens who serve as part-time soldiers in a state run military reserve like the US National Guard and WWII era British Home Guard, who can be called upon to serve as full-time soldiers during an armed conflict, and civilians who serve as soldiers in self-organized militias.

What is a public militia?

A public militia consists of volunteers dedicated to protecting the public interest, either run by a government or self-organized. In stark contrast, a private militia is essentially a private army consisting of people dedicated to sectarian interests, which can include groups organized by a government like the death squads which slaughtered hundreds of thousands of defenseless civilians during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. Civilians employed as soldiers by NGOs like private security firms and drug cartels are mercenaries, not militia.

Do we need public militias?

There may be a need for a large number of civilians with military training and equipment who can support their government against domestic or foreign enemies or oppose a government gone bad. The power of the sword must never be restricted to government servants as all legitimate power stems from the People; not an aristocratic, clerical, financial, military or political elite, as elites are naturally antagonistic to democracy. The monopolization of deadly force by the State endangers the liberties of free citizens (notably unpopular minorities) and their democracy.

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"The possession of arms is the distinction between a freeman and a slave."  – James Burgh

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