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The root cause is always the people. People choose their govenments in any situation. From the…

The root cause is always the people. People choose their govenments in any situation.

From the ones that allow the most freedom to the most restrictive dictatorships - those being governed are always in control because they always outnumber those in charge and if necessary they can rise up en masse and change it.

The reason they don't is because life isn't bad enough for them to want to personally risk dying to do so.

The point of war used to be to get the people in a country to decide that life was now so difficult that they should - in fact - change that government.

Now we do our best to make sure that those who allowed that government to exist in the first place are shielded from the effects of their decisions.

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  • DBG8489

    Feb 4, 2018

    The root cause is always the people. People choose their govenments in any situation. From the ones that allow the most freedom to the most restrictive dictatorships - those being governed are always in control because they always outnumber those in charge and if necessary they can rise up en masse and change it. The reason they don't is because life isn't bad enough for them to want to personally risk dying to do so. The point of war used to be to get the people in a country to decide that life was now so difficult that they should - in fact - change that government. Now we do our best to make sure that those who allowed that government to exist in the first place are shielded from the effects of their decisions.

  • hmk

    Feb 4, 2018

    Correct hunger is one of the main driving forces behind civil wars. With the amount of free stuff the USG gives out that won't happen for a long time. Other countries because of their strict gun control policies can keep the population under control.

  • hmk

    Feb 4, 2018

    Just ask the tyrant dictators of the 20th century, gun control works. Over 200 million people were the victims of democide. More than all the wars combined.

  • DBG8489

    Feb 4, 2018

    Sure but not even the US government - with the most advanced military in the modern era (or maybe ever) - could withstand the sheer will of just 40% of the population, armed or not, rising up and deciding that their own personal lives and fortunes were not as important as changing that government. Governments get away with the things they get away with because the people they govern allow it.

  • Mike Mish Shedlock

    Feb 5, 2018

    The People chose Maduro? I think not

  • DBG8489

    Feb 5, 2018

    People - through either action or inaction - always choose their government. Dictators may force their way into power, but their government endures because the people allow it. As I said above, if the people of any nation truly want to get rid of a dictator, all they need to do is rise up en masse against them. Will some of them die? Most assuredly. The fact that they don't do it means life under that government hasn't gotten bad enough. Think about what Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wrote in the Gulag Archipelago: "What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, polkers, or whatever else was at hand?" Make life miserable enough and dangerous enough for the "security forces" and they will change the government for you.

  • hmk

    Feb 5, 2018

    Again its a lot easier to get rid of tyrants with a well armed citizenry. Hence the 2nd amendment.

  • DBG8489

    Feb 5, 2018

    Easier? Yes. But even without guns it's not impossible. Change hearts and minds. Like Solzhenitsyn said: Make the "little guys" responsible for the grunt work afraid they might not make it home when they go to work. Attack them where ever they are...using whatever means necessary. Eventually they will tire of it and turn on their leaders. The bottom line - and my point - is that people always choose their governments.

  • hmk

    Feb 5, 2018

    Btw in most of the middle east the population is disarmed but they obviously find ways to get them. It just makes it that much more difficult. Also if dicktasters fear their citizens it will act as somewhat of a restraint on the govt.

  • JonSellers

    Feb 5, 2018

    So how would you come up with a system that would make people believe they can change their government, maybe they believe they actually do change it every 4 years or so, but in the end, they actually don't change much of anything?

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