"Popular revolt against a ruthless, experienced modern dictatorship,
which enjoys a monopoly over weapons and communications, ...
is simply not a possibility in the modern age."
by:
George F. Kennan
(1904-2005) US advisor, diplomat, political analyst, and Pulitzer-prize winning historian
Date:
1964
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Oh, I completely agree. True change can only come from the bottom up.
 -- John the Divine, California     
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    A "popular" revolt? Probably not...but a "clandestine" revolt? Hmmm.....
     -- The Contemporary Patriot     
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    As much as I would like to disagree with George Kennan, I would have to agree with him. The participants would have to use the strengths and weaknesses of modern technology against the dictatorship.
     -- Anonymous, Canton, Ohio     
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    If you believe a revolt is possible, go read www.newswithviews.com/Brownlow/david43.htm and you may change your mind. The Second Amendment is already dead.
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
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    I think we are all Doomed. For low I will come like a thief in the night! Repent! Obey the Lord your God!
     -- Bill, Islip Ny.     
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    By popular, what does Kennan think. If by popular he means taking the guns out of the hands of 'We The People', he may be more accurate than not.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Power to the people! A tyrant may succeed for a while, but the energy required to maintain a monopoly of lies and weapons cannot stand without the cooperation of the people. It will not last. Let's just not go there, OK? ;-)
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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