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What would it take for you to fight for your liberty?

Postby SpiritOfRock » Sat Nov 05, 2011 10:33 am UTC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOGFaOAWGiQ

Where do you draw the line between "Well, it's not perfect but it's the best system we have" and "Too far, let's fucking riot"?

A clear line for me would be religious persecution by the government. Eugenics and genocide are others. Pretty much any point at which the government tells me and others what to believe, whether or not I/they can reproduce, ect. It's a little radical in my opinion that the government has a right to tell people what they can and cannot smoke, but not alone something I'd put up a fight for.
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Re: What would it take for you to fight for your liberty?

Postby aoeu » Sat Nov 05, 2011 11:46 am UTC

Enough support to have a chance at winning.
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Re: What would it take for you to fight for your liberty?

Postby PAstrychef » Sat Nov 05, 2011 12:21 pm UTC

When the ability to change that government by non-violent means is gone. 10 years ago, few people would have thought that same-sex marriages would be legal anywhere, much less becoming more common. While the current administration hasn't moved as fast as some would like on any given issue, it has made changes that I see as improvements.
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Re: What would it take for you to fight for your liberty?

Postby jules.LT » Sat Nov 05, 2011 2:10 pm UTC

There isn't one point where you go from nothing to risking your life.
There are many things you'll start doing before actual "fighting": political activism, civil disobedience, sabotage, even terrorism...
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Re: What would it take for you to fight for your liberty?

Postby BattleMoose » Sun Nov 06, 2011 11:54 pm UTC

PAstrychef wrote:When the ability to change that government by non-violent means is gone.


I think this is at the crux of the issue. Most of us live in societies where the will of the people can influence the direction of government policies through participation within political processes, including protests, marches and other forms of demonstrations. Perhaps the last legal discrimination that still stands in many countries is gender discrimination regarding state sanctioned unions (marriage). Violently resisting this largely seems unnecessary as the wheels to change are turning, things are changing and certainly non-violent means to pursue this have not yet been exhausted and certainly in Australia the majority of the population seems to support the notion.

However, if necessary, it would be something I would be prepared to, well, perhaps not quite get violent about, but would consider severe civil disobedience.

Now if anyone made moves to try and take self-determination away from me, I could get very violent about that.
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Re: What would it take for you to fight for your liberty?

Postby Panonadin » Mon Nov 07, 2011 12:58 am UTC

A whole heck of a lot would have to go wrong before I would think about actually revolting. I don't mean like raised taxes and laws against abortion.

It would have to be like someone else stated government sanctioned eugenics and things of that nature.
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Re: What would it take for you to fight for your liberty?

Postby Brickmack » Fri Nov 11, 2011 12:06 am UTC

Once the government starts doing something I consider to be REALLY bad (imprisoning people that dislike the way the government does stuff, bringing in the military to shut down peaceful protests, etc), and makes it impossible to correct the problem by peaceful means (usually both would happen at the same time probably). At that point, I think it would be acceptable to fight over it.
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Re: What would it take for you to fight for your liberty?

Postby savanik » Fri Nov 11, 2011 12:21 am UTC

SpiritOfRock wrote:Where do you draw the line between "Well, it's not perfect but it's the best system we have" and "Too far, let's fucking riot"?


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Well, if you're from Penn State, the government-paid university firing the lead coach of your local sports team.
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Seriously? It'd have to be something where either A. going to prison is a better outcome than what's currently happening, or B. it looks like A. is likely in the near future.

Since I live somewhere relatively sane, neither outcome is very likely in the next 10-20 years.
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Re: What would it take for you to fight for your liberty?

Postby omgryebread » Fri Nov 11, 2011 1:19 am UTC

I don't think I ever would. I'm not even a pacifist, and I do think there's a time and place for armed resistance, and I'd support people doing it. But A) I'm not at all brave. B) I think I could help more in political ways. Perhaps I could try to change the government from the inside, or act as a voice for the resistance (though this might be dangerous!) or try to bring attention to the problems from people outside the country. Mostly, C) I'm not very brave.


As an aside, I thought the video was a bit off-base. Students at Yeshiva University are not thinking about when they'd fight for their liberty because they are so far from having to do it.
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Re: What would it take for you to fight for your liberty?

Postby Reader » Mon Nov 14, 2011 11:35 am UTC

I agree with what omgryebread said about the students the video discussed. They don't think like that simply because there is absolutely no reason for them to take the rather extreme step towards armed resistance or rioting. They have a working democracy and extreme representation through media and representatives that they can channel their frustration through before even considering rioting. This thread comes with good timing however, now after the great rebellions we've seen in what is now known as the Arab Spring. There we've seen armed and unarmed resistance in Libya and Egypt respectively, both countries are good examples of large parts of a nation pushed too far.

Personally I would consider armed resistance or rioting, fighting for my liberty, only if my government removed all means of influencing policy through voting. I would also, with a certainty and passion take up arms against an invading, occupational enemy force should war ever come back to Europe and my country. Now, this is something I highly doubt will ever happen, but of course I can't assume it will never happen either.
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Re: What would it take for you to fight for your liberty?

Postby pollywog » Tue Nov 15, 2011 12:25 am UTC

Reader wrote:Personally I would consider armed resistance or rioting, fighting for my liberty, only if my government removed all means of influencing policy through voting.
That would be my tipping point. I don't really care (in the deep down sense of the word*) what my government's policies are as long as they are democratically chosen. But the moment that government says "We're calling off the election this year" I'm taking my guns to parliament.

*I don't care if the government sells half our country to China, or destroys our natural environment through mining, or forces everyone to buy health insurance and scrap the free(ish) healthcare we have now. I can see why all these things are bad things to do, but compared to some countries, they are mild policies. If the majority of people want to go along with this, I'm happy to do so too.
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Re: What would it take for you to fight for your liberty?

Postby Zamfir » Tue Nov 15, 2011 7:04 am UTC

That would be my tipping point. I don't really care (in the deep down sense of the word*) what my government's policies are as long as they are democratically chosen. But the moment that government says "We're calling off the election this year" I'm taking my guns to parliament.

Thing is, countries don't call off elections anymore. In the whole world, there are only a few countries don't call themselves democracies and don't have elections. Obviously, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea holds regular elections .

So the difference is more subtle. Who decides on the candidates? How much organizational and financial support do they get, how are they treated by the media? When the elected people maker decisions, how much choice do they have, have much information to decide on, how is already predetermined? How much power lies with non-democratically chosen people, like businessmen, or generals, or high bureaucrats, or judges? How much power is enacted behind the scenes, by people pulling strings in parties, or simply by bribes, or through old-boys networks?

Even in functoning democracies, there are lots of nondemocratic elements. It's unavoidable, partially out of necessesity and partially just imperfections in even the best systems. There's really no sharp line where democracy suddenly ends.
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Re: What would it take for you to fight for your liberty?

Postby Parrothead » Thu Nov 17, 2011 4:25 am UTC

My first choice would be flight. As long as there was somewhere to run (Europe, Canada), I'd take that opportunity before consciously putting my physical safety on the line. If, however, the forces of darkness had already overwhelmed the globe, I'd have to assess the likelihood that resistance would be successful, and act (or, more likely, not act) accordingly.

The big loophole, I think, is that the question asks about my own liberty as opposed to the liberty of those close to me. I would surely be quicker to come to the defense of my wife than myself, in the event that her freedoms were disproportionately curtailed. Though in this case too, flight would be my preferred solution. I have but one life to give, so I am loathe to do so.
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Re: What would it take for you to fight for your liberty?

Postby Thesh » Thu Nov 17, 2011 4:33 am UTC

It would require me to believe that violence was the only option. As cynical as I am, I think that through a combination of the government and private sector, we can make life on earth a much better place. If we go for revolution, it will make life worse.
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Re: What would it take for you to fight for your liberty?

Postby lalop » Thu Nov 17, 2011 11:11 am UTC

pollywog wrote:
Reader wrote:Personally I would consider armed resistance or rioting, fighting for my liberty, only if my government removed all means of influencing policy through voting.
That would be my tipping point. I don't really care (in the deep down sense of the word*) what my government's policies are as long as they are democratically chosen. But the moment that government says "We're calling off the election this year" I'm taking my guns to parliament.


This is a somewhat misleading criterion, though, because how much voters can influence policy is a question of degree. Even if you've still got elections, the system could still be such that you're screwed over no matter who you vote for. (There is an increasing opinion, what with the 'occupy' protests, that this sort of thing has already happened in America: that you have to vote for the "lesser of two evils".) And, of course, this is taken to the absurd extreme in nations where you "vote" for a dictator, or you vote for Party representatives.

This is all done without calling off any elections. So just how much is enough?
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Re: What would it take for you to fight for your liberty?

Postby lexybam » Thu Nov 24, 2011 5:08 pm UTC

Government are to be blamed for whatever citizens are passing through. That is why they always call a spade a spade for us and let us know where we belong rather than telling people that black has become white. Thank you for your info.
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Re: What would it take for you to fight for your liberty?

Postby pollywog » Thu Nov 24, 2011 9:45 pm UTC

Zamfir wrote:Thing is, countries don't call off elections anymore. In the whole world, there are only a few countries don't call themselves democracies and don't have elections. Obviously, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea holds regular elections .

So the difference is more subtle. Who decides on the candidates? How much organizational and financial support do they get, how are they treated by the media? When the elected people maker decisions, how much choice do they have, have much information to decide on, how is already predetermined? How much power lies with non-democratically chosen people, like businessmen, or generals, or high bureaucrats, or judges? How much power is enacted behind the scenes, by people pulling strings in parties, or simply by bribes, or through old-boys networks?

Even in functoning democracies, there are lots of nondemocratic elements. It's unavoidable, partially out of necessesity and partially just imperfections in even the best systems. There's really no sharp line where democracy suddenly ends.
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Also, it is election day tomorrow in New Zealand, and if National and Act form a coalition government with more than a 65% majority, I'm going feral, which means either taking a gun and running into the bush, or moving to Australia.
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Re: What would it take for you to fight for your liberty?

Postby CorruptUser » Fri Nov 25, 2011 1:10 am UTC

When the freedom of press/speech is revoked. Until that point, the country has not decayed into tyranny.
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Re: What would it take for you to fight for your liberty?

Postby lalop » Fri Nov 25, 2011 11:07 am UTC

CorruptUser wrote:When the freedom of press/speech is revoked. Until that point, the country has not decayed into tyranny.


The press is already not allowed to say certain things, and neither are you. You can face a lawsuit for saying a great many things (which does mean there's a law on the books that you're breaking), or worse, end up in prison. And if that wasn't enough, look at all the political + financial attacks wikileaks was forced to take for doing something which was (at the time, at least) perfectly legal. What on earth do you mean, then, by the "freedom of press/speech", if not this?
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Re: What would it take for you to fight for your liberty?

Postby CorruptUser » Fri Nov 25, 2011 4:57 pm UTC

You mean the press can't, for example, declare that your restaurant failed a health inspection without supporting evidence? That's not exactly a revocation of the freedom of the press.

Revocation of the freedom of the press is when it becomes illegal for the press to investigate or report on any shady backdoor deals a judge does. Revocation is when people are kidnapped in the middle of the night and you have no way of knowing who is missing. Revocation is when people never find out about a Senator's 'tickle parties'.

Hearing about all of our politicians' and other powerful peoples' misconduct is the ultimate proof that the press is able to do its job.
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Re: What would it take for you to fight for your liberty?

Postby lalop » Fri Nov 25, 2011 7:19 pm UTC

CorruptUser wrote:You mean the press can't, for example, declare that your restaurant failed a health inspection without supporting evidence? That's not exactly a revocation of the freedom of the press.


Not exactly, but you're already put in the institutions for revocation once you've decided government has the right to decide what can and can't be said.

CorruptUser wrote:Revocation of the freedom of the press is when it becomes illegal for the press to investigate or report on any shady backdoor deals a judge does. Revocation is when people are kidnapped in the middle of the night and you have no way of knowing who is missing. Revocation is when people never find out about a Senator's 'tickle parties'.

Hearing about all of our politicians' and other powerful peoples' misconduct is the ultimate proof that the press is able to do its job.


Yet you're okay (I presume) about having no possible accountability in the Guantanamo Bay trials (much less info on any "shady backdoor deals"), the censoring of cryptographic researchers (the most prominent possibly being Edward Felten), and to say nothing of this, which I'm not even sure how to interpret.

Sure, one or two juicy details about politicians may leak out once in a while, but that doesn't mean all this other stuff is not being infringed upon.

Finally, this might be of relevance. On the list is the incoming Stop Online Piracy Act (H.R. 3261), which ought to be on this forum if it isn't already.
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Re: What would it take for you to fight for your liberty?

Postby CorruptUser » Sat Nov 26, 2011 1:36 am UTC

If we don't have freedom of the press, how are you able to link to those things in the first place?. Government will always try to restrict some kind of freedom in order to gain more power; that's just the nature of people in power. It's the job of the free press to point out these issues, and the duty of the public to vote out the politicians that have become corrupt.

Of course, this leads to the question of "how do you know if there is censorship if news of the censorship is censored?" Well, there's not an easy answer for that.
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Re: What would it take for you to fight for your liberty?

Postby Byrel » Sat Nov 26, 2011 3:21 am UTC

You know, I think Thesh brought up a good point:
Thesh wrote:If we go for revolution, it will make life worse.

An awful lot of revolutions end up installing a government that is ideologically satisfactory, but lacks either the necessary restraints to prevent a rapid devolution into a worse tyranny than before, or is too weak to withstand a potential tyrant.
Some examples:

The French Revolution took France from the control of a fairly powerful monarchy and aristocracy, and replaced it with the Committee of Public Safety. The people then threw down the Committee, and replaced it with the Directory, which tied itself in knots for five years, until Napolean took over as absolute dictator.
[cite]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_Revolution[/cite]

The Iranian Revolution took Iran from a thoroughly autocratic, but generally permissive, regime was replaced by the current Islamic Republic, with one of the worst records for personal freedom on the planet.
[cite]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iranian_Revolution[/cite]

The Russian Revolution took Russia from an absolute dictatorship under the Tsar to a weak republic, which was then replaced by the oppressive Soviet Union in the October Revolution and Russian Civil War
[cite]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/October_Revolution[/cite]

The Chinese Civil war took China from a federalist, significantly democratic regime to a much stronger and more oppresive regime under the People's Republic of China.
[cite]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_Civil_War[/cite]

Each of these original governments I listed were far from perfect. Indeed, many of them meet the requirements people have listed here for revolution. The revolutionaries didn't want the result they got; but they didn't understand the dynamics of the situation, and so misjudged the government they would end up with after the revolution.

I know there are many revolutions that actually succeed: revolutions where great strides are made towards the ideals espoused by its founders. Hey, I even live in a country that is the result of just such a revolution (the USA). But it would take a lot of hubris for me to think that I can predict the outcome of any struggle I set my hand to.

I'm not saying I would never engage in violent revolution. I would just have to be sure that I would rather die than live under the current government. To borrow from one of my countrymen, I would have to espouse "Give me liberty, or give me death!"
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Re: What would it take for you to fight for your liberty?

Postby lalop » Sat Nov 26, 2011 2:29 pm UTC

CorruptUser wrote:If we don't have freedom of the press, how are you able to link to those things in the first place?.


First of all, many of my examples are laws against freedom of speech/press. The laws themselves are not classified; hence you should expect them to be able to be linked to.

Secondly, I highly doubt anything would convince you if you decide to take the mere presence of evidence against freedom as sufficient evidence for freedom. This position, however, is absurd in that it only guarantees "lip-service" freedom: if Chinese newspapers were allowed to complain about censorship, but not allowed to actually print anything being censored, would that be evidence of any real freedom? The exact same thing is happening here (though admittedly the number of things being censored are fewer).

CorruptUser wrote:Government will always try to restrict some kind of freedom in order to gain more power; that's just the nature of people in power.


The only problem is, when you say "try", you really mean "have already succeeded" for most of my examples (that is, everything except the incoming bills). The DMCA is not going anywhere; neither are most of these laws and rulings. Thus, I can only ask if your criterion for resistance needs revising.
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Re: What would it take for you to fight for your liberty?

Postby CorruptUser » Sun Nov 27, 2011 12:36 am UTC

Come back when the news is no longer allowed to openly criticize the government, or opposition investigators are murdered with no real investigation (Anna Politkovskaya), because so far your arguments are of the tin-foil hat variety.
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Re: What would it take for you to fight for your liberty?

Postby jules.LT » Sun Nov 27, 2011 5:22 am UTC

He's not saying that we're living under Big Brother. Just that there are some very real limitations on the freedom of speech and freedom of the press.
How acceptable these are is another question.
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Re: What would it take for you to fight for your liberty?

Postby lalop » Sun Nov 27, 2011 12:10 pm UTC

CorruptUser wrote:Come back when the news is no longer allowed to openly criticize the government, or opposition investigators are murdered with no real investigation (Anna Politkovskaya), because so far your arguments are of the tin-foil hat variety.

Princeton professors being sued for cryptographic research is of the tin-foil hat variety? WTF?
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Re: What would it take for you to fight for your liberty?

Postby Greyarcher » Sun Nov 27, 2011 5:30 pm UTC

Hard to say. I'm not up on my political history, so I don't know of any solid pattern democracies take when sliding into dangerous authoritarianism (or if there have been enough cases to even set up any clear pattern).

I'd probably use my judgment of the moment. Of course, if they passed a law I considered absurd and unjust then I'd ignore it. And then I'd use all available force if and when they came to imprison me. But that's more of a reactive fight for personal freedom. It's not like a planned struggle for liberty in the larger sense. So I don't think it counts for much.
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Re: What would it take for you to fight for your liberty?

Postby addams » Fri Jan 27, 2012 5:43 pm UTC

Lapop?
"Secondly, I highly doubt anything would convince you if you decide to take the mere presence of evidence against freedom as sufficient evidence for freedom. This position, however, is absurd in that it only guarantees "lip-service" freedom: if Chinese newspapers were allowed to complain about censorship, but not allowed to actually print anything being censored, would that be evidence of any real freedom? The exact same thing is happening here (though admittedly the number of things being censored are fewer)."

Fewer? Fewer than what? Fewer?
That is less than half a comparison.
I think that it is funny. *Nerd Joke.*

What is that number few? (X) How do you know you have fewer?
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The Government was to have balances to enforce the rights of the individual.
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Re: What would it take for you to fight for your liberty?

Postby c_programmer » Fri Jan 27, 2012 6:42 pm UTC

If China-style arrests ever start taking place, if they want to arrest someone in my family for political reasons they will have a firefight on their hands. This would require not only the police doing those things but no court system to follow it up on. Also when they attempt to ban personal gun ownership and actually seize guns. Personal gun ownership is essentially the only thing that prevents a government from having the ability to commit heinous crimes against its citizens. Think about it, if every German-Jew owned a gun how many would have been gassed?

I don't see the US in such a state right now, but if the economy takes a downturn it could only be a few years away.
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Re: What would it take for you to fight for your liberty?

Postby Choboman » Fri Jan 27, 2012 7:22 pm UTC

c_programmer wrote:Personal gun ownership is essentially the only thing that prevents a government from having the ability to commit heinous crimes against its citizens. Think about it, if every German-Jew owned a gun how many would have been gassed?

Poor example IMO. If every German-Jew in WWII Germany owned a gun more of them would have been gunned down in their homes/streets, and there would have been an incrementally higher casualty rate among the German soldiers, but they'd still all get taken. Firearm ownership as a counter to government's monopoly on force might have worked back in colonial times, when military technology was so much more primitive, but it would never fly now. It just leads to more Waco and Ruby Ridge scenarios.

If you want to give citizens a real stand-off capability versus the government, you'll need to arm them all with explosives, LAWs and SAMs, and large-calibre weaponry with armor-piercing capabilities. Of course that has it's own drawbacks, since one out of every 10,000 people (random number pulled completely out of my ass) out there is going to be one off his nut enough to just want to fuck things up for everybody and take down an airliner or level a city block with his 'right to a fuel-air explosive device'.
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Re: What would it take for you to fight for your liberty?

Postby Izawwlgood » Fri Jan 27, 2012 8:23 pm UTC

Choboman wrote:If every German-Jew in WWII Germany owned a gun more of them would have been gunned down in their homes/streets, and there would have been an incrementally higher casualty rate among the German soldiers, but they'd still all get taken.

I think it's risky business stating a hypothetical as fact. It's just as possible that knowing the Jewish population of Germany was armed and dangerous, that 'ze Germans would have focused on another ethnic group, one with a lesser predilection towards shooting back. It's also possible that Germany would have pointed to the German Jews armament as proof that they were plotting. You simply have no way of knowing.

What is known, is that one of the earliest actions against marginalized and oppressed populations throughout history has been disarming them. So I ask you point blank, if you were a Jew in Nazi Era Germany, and a pogrom was roaring through your shetle, would you rather be Joe the Hatter, or Joe the dude with a gun?
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Re: What would it take for you to fight for your liberty?

Postby c_programmer » Fri Jan 27, 2012 9:01 pm UTC

Choboman wrote:
c_programmer wrote:Personal gun ownership is essentially the only thing that prevents a government from having the ability to commit heinous crimes against its citizens. Think about it, if every German-Jew owned a gun how many would have been gassed?

Poor example IMO. If every German-Jew in WWII Germany owned a gun more of them would have been gunned down in their homes/streets, and there would have been an incrementally higher casualty rate among the German soldiers, but they'd still all get taken.

I disagree. It would have been too hard to take them all from their homes and Germany would probably have gone after another group. The problem with them having to fight every house and lose at least one German per captured Jew is that, morale is all but impossible to break when you have men standing in front of their families but very easy to break when attacking. Germany already had a lot of problems with their officers, this might have been a tipping point. We're dealing in pure hypotheticals though from a ~70 year old war though.

Choboman wrote:Firearm ownership as a counter to government's monopoly on force might have worked back in colonial times, when military technology was so much more primitive, but it would never fly now. It just leads to more Waco and Ruby Ridge scenarios.

In terms of an all out civil war that is true, but not for going house to house. I wouldn't need armor piercing rounds either, I own a civilian AK which at close range will go straight though military grade personnel armor.

My point is that going from house to house to take people goes form being easy task to an extremely costly and morale breaking one when everyone you are trying to take has a gun.
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Re: What would it take for you to fight for your liberty?

Postby curtis95112 » Sat Jan 28, 2012 12:51 am UTC

You only get massacre scenarios when all the people you want to kill are isolated. Considering how integrated the Jews were in German society, it would have been impossible to massacre them without killing an inordinately large number of non-Jew civilians.
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Re: What would it take for you to fight for your liberty?

Postby TranquilFury » Sat Jan 28, 2012 2:28 am UTC

Not sure, there are different ways to fight, and which method would depend on circumstance. I would fight in some manner, political or whatnot if any of my primary objectives are threatened. I would probably only use a gun if my life was immediately threatened, because if it came down to a shooting war I think I'd be better suited to weapon design, construction, logistics, and strategy. I'm a RTS player, not a FPS player.
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Re: What would it take for you to fight for your liberty?

Postby Djehutynakht » Sat Jan 28, 2012 6:46 am UTC

I should quote the Declaration of Independence but I'm too lazy...

When it becomes the sensible option.
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Re: What would it take for you to fight for your liberty?

Postby yurell » Sat Jan 28, 2012 7:01 am UTC

What would it take for you to fight for your liberty?


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Re: What would it take for you to fight for your liberty?

Postby Randomizer » Sat Jan 28, 2012 7:43 am UTC

What would it take for you to fight for your liberty?

Depends on the meaning of "fight". If it's the kind of fighting that could put me in actual danger, I'd have to already be in some kind of physical danger. And even then - is it a good idea to attack a cop who's just unjustly pepper sprayed you? I'd probably prefer to flee the country if things got so bad that I'd have to do actual fighting.

If "fight" means writing a letter to inform Disney that you're boycotting them for their support of SOPA, then I'm fighting for my liberty right now. :p
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Re: What would it take for you to fight for your liberty?

Postby XTCamus » Mon Jan 30, 2012 5:59 pm UTC

Byrel wrote:You know, I think Thesh brought up a good point:
Thesh wrote:If we go for revolution, it will make life worse.

An awful lot of revolutions end up installing a government that is ideologically satisfactory, but lacks either the necessary restraints to prevent a rapid devolution into a worse tyranny than before, or is too weak to withstand a potential tyrant.
Some examples:

The French Revolution took France from the control of a fairly powerful monarchy and aristocracy, and replaced it with the Committee of Public Safety. The people then threw down the Committee, and replaced it with the Directory, which tied itself in knots for five years, until Napolean took over as absolute dictator.
[cite]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_Revolution[/cite]

The Iranian Revolution took Iran from a thoroughly autocratic, but generally permissive, regime was replaced by the current Islamic Republic, with one of the worst records for personal freedom on the planet.
[cite]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iranian_Revolution[/cite]

The Russian Revolution took Russia from an absolute dictatorship under the Tsar to a weak republic, which was then replaced by the oppressive Soviet Union in the October Revolution and Russian Civil War
[cite]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/October_Revolution[/cite]

The Chinese Civil war took China from a federalist, significantly democratic regime to a much stronger and more oppresive regime under the People's Republic of China.
[cite]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_Civil_War[/cite]

Each of these original governments I listed were far from perfect. Indeed, many of them meet the requirements people have listed here for revolution. The revolutionaries didn't want the result they got; but they didn't understand the dynamics of the situation, and so misjudged the government they would end up with after the revolution.

I know there are many revolutions that actually succeed: revolutions where great strides are made towards the ideals espoused by its founders. Hey, I even live in a country that is the result of just such a revolution (the USA). But it would take a lot of hubris for me to think that I can predict the outcome of any struggle I set my hand to.

I'm not saying I would never engage in violent revolution. I would just have to be sure that I would rather die than live under the current government. To borrow from one of my countrymen, I would have to espouse "Give me liberty, or give me death!"

You know, I think Byrel took Thesh's good point, and made such an eye-opening he-who-fails-to-remember-history point, that the only way this thread could possibly survive was to completely ignore it. But that's.... OK.
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Re: What would it take for you to fight for your liberty?

Postby Fire Brns » Wed Feb 01, 2012 9:35 pm UTC

Sorry for the thread resurection but you missed this one. A red dawn scenario, the french did that in WW2. And the german government kept the massacres from the people for the longest time, an in the open genocide would have triggered a revolution.
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