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posted by martyb on Monday October 02 2017, @04:18PM   Printer-friendly

A gunman fired upon thousands of people attending a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip Sunday night, in a brutal attack that is blamed for at least 58 deaths, police say. In the mass shooting and panic that ensued, 515 people were injured. At least one of the dead is an off-duty police officer who was attending the concert.

Editorializing: Interesting how media always emphasize ISLAMIC terrorists, but downplay domestic terrorism as psychologically disturbed individual lone-wolfs.

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by tfried on Monday October 02 2017, @07:00PM (1 child)

    by tfried (5534) on Monday October 02 2017, @07:00PM (#576086)

    Basic rules for armed revolution:

    1. You need a solid backing in the population, and
    2. You need solid military power.

    When considering point 2, don't forget to factor in the military force of the government, and the military means of those parts of the "civil" society who will consider you an enemy. Also don't forget to factor in animosities between different factions within your revolution army.

    As a rule of thumb, then, if you want to start a successful armed revolution, you need a solid majority of people behind you... ... which, in case you're living in a democracy, kind of means you could just wait for the next election cycle, instead, or use whatever rights you happen to have for peaceful protests.

    Oh, you're saying your country's opinion making and elections are rigged by means of government propaganda and brainwash? Well, I feel your pain, but the same basic rules still apply. You still need a majority of people first. And not just a majority against the gubmint, but for at least a vague alternative. Good luck.

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  • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Monday October 02 2017, @07:41PM

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Monday October 02 2017, @07:41PM (#576134) Journal

    "you need a solid majority of people behind you"

    Sorry, but that just isn't so. In virtually all conflicts, a large minority, or even the majority, of citizens stand by and watch things happen. So long as life remains easy for the masses, that majority is an overwhelming majority. The harder life gets, the more that majority shrinks.

    Maybe you recall stories of brothers meeting on opposite sides of a battle in the US Civil war? Times were tough, so a lot of people took sides. And, they didn't always take the side you might expect.

    In fact, you do not need a majority of the people behind you. You only need enough people to make things hard on those people who choose to oppose you.

    ‘Never trust a man whose uncle was eaten by cannibals’