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  •  There is another problem with this line of (4+ / 0-)

    argument. It's based on history that was consistent for a LONG time. It ignores the recent history that has established a new, effective path for overcoming tyrants.

    Gandhi, King and Mandela successfully took peaceful, non violent resistance to a national level in the 20th century. It was studied, further developed, and greatly enhanced with technology. In the 21st century it has been working in various ways and means around the globe, with powerful in vivo development.

    This is not to say there has been no violence or weapons used, or that all the resulting governments are free of non democratic actions. It takes time to build a government that works for it's subjects. The newcomers need a few people who know how the system worked. We started with the Articles of Confederation and totally chucked them to create the Constitution.

    Government can clearly exist

    as a method of manipulating the people into a form that is chosen by the individuals who hold governmental power.
    A form also chosen by those who hold power over the government. Religion, military, wealthy, ideologues.  It's been part of government since it began. The Framers were quite familiar with all of them. They put stuff in the Constitution to ward off the problems. People with lots of power, over time, have removed or diluted many of the prohibitions. And carried on using the standard sociopathic playbook, scheming ever new power grabbing tactics.  Many of us have seen it becoming a really tough battle to change the laws and the status quo. See: US Supreme Court.

    We are willing to get in the streets or where ever we will obstruct their doings. If we get jailed, injured, killed; so be it. Killing other people is a very, very last resort. I would not totally exclude it if resistance does not work. Entirely because of climate change denial, which is also a  unique situation in history. It would need to be very targeted, with as much probability as Frodo dropping the One Ring in Mt. Doom. Best to keep working the non violent approaches.  Including computer hacking... another new tactic.

    "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

    by Ginny in CO on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 09:57:44 PM PST

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