" "The only way a republican government can function, and the only way a people's voice can be expressed to effect a practicable control of government, is through a process in which decisions are made by the majority. This is not a perfect way of controlling government, but the alternatives--decisions made by a minority, or by one person--are even worse and are the source of great evil. To be just, majority decisions must be in the best interest of
Where is the outrage against military despostism, except, as Goebbels taught, displaced onto targets of hatred?
There is the answer to my question: Jefferson thought the unjust rule of those who lack majority consent sufficient grounds to invoke the right of revolution. The ONLY response to "the disregard of law" is revolution.
Today, the gun is a weapon that would be used against us and justified if we take up arms. But the principle of revolution, in our time, has been successful only in cases of massive public revolt, as in Eastern Europe, the Philippines, and our own Civil Rights Movement. The Civil War, with 600,000 dead, did not end legal persecution of African-Americans, but the the non-violent protests of the 60's did. Let us revolt using the revolutionary strategy of non-violence resistance. Only when the means match the goal can we succeed.
But if the bombs are falling, it's too late. Then, as Gandhi said, violence is preferable to surrender. I would not call it violence to use force to defeat violence: I would call it self-preservation, the very opposite of violence. But we have the opportunity, before the virus of violence engulfs us, to fight back with the tools of non-violence, with the alternative media of the internet, and with the sure knowledge that if we do not, only disaster can ensue...and we will be complicit.
""The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke (founder of modern conservative philosophy).
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