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[–] InnocentBystander 1 points 68 points (+69|-1) ago 

The public will never revolt until they go hungry.
Our masters have learned from history. They will take everything else from us, but they will not make us go hungry.

We're fucked.

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[–] 6013484 1 points 47 points (+48|-1) ago 

the perfect feed for cattle.

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[–] Jackal_Kisser 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago 

I think both food and internet has now become the standard. People would riot over that quicker than water, I think. (Plenty of contaminated water is showing that already.,)

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[–] YRU2 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I'm stoned and this may be bull, but doesn't the internet represent a lot of services for modern peopl?

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[–] IdSay 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

keep em surviving, but just barely, if they can't see a bruise they won't know they've been hurt.

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[–] GoatSLAVE 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

It's true, during the American Revolution the Monarchy had a higher approval rating than the US government has right now. The main difference was that some parts of the colonies were susceptible to food shortages, one of those parts being Boston at the time of the Boston Massacre. In the modern age, not only do we not have food shortages, we have technology, and with it the means to easily keep the population pacified and buried in our facebook feeds reading about the latest fashion trends while the world burns around us.

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[–] metawizard 0 points 40 points (+40|-0) ago  (edited ago)

It's not taught in public schools here of course, but we've had some minor revolts. The Battle of Athens comes to mind. In 1946, around 3,000 battle hardened WW2 vets returned to their home in Athens, Tennessee.

Since the early 40's, the townsmen had put up with election fraud and predatory policing and brutality. They tried to solve the issue peacefully, offering candidates that promised voting reform and honest elections. They never won. They tried it again with an All GI ticket when the vets returned. Still nothing. So they revolted. Here's a summary of what happened.

The voting fraud was the big issue, but a black man being shot by an official while attempting to make it into a polling booth was the spark that ignited the flame. The ex GI's raided the armory and took just about every firearm in it. The officials took the votes to jail for counting. The GI's left the rear door of the jail open so the people they were shooting at would have an escape route, and way of surrendering. They then nearly surrounded the jail and starting shooting it up.

They succeeded, but not without an (attempted) struggle. The local officials tried to call in the national guard. The national guard never showed up, and they feared that ex GI's wouldn't shoot other ex GI's anyways. Anyways, the battle started and was over within a day. Honest elections were held afterwards, and the local government was replaced entirely with war vets who cleaned the place up.

The corrupt officials were told to leave and that they would be shot if they ever came back.

So, I think it's a combination of things. A good portion of the population needs to believe they've been significantly wronged. They need to think they have a halfway decent chance of succeeding. They need to be upset enough about it to do something, and they have to know that enough others feel the same way. These GI's had just fought to keep the world and themselves free of some of the most powerful war machines at the time, and when they came home, they saw the corruption they were fighting against staring them in the face.

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[–] DigitalRefugee [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Today we have a lot of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans with many hard earned skills, and a unique perspective on the U.S. government. Where are these?

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[–] ChristoDeFetus 1 points 17 points (+18|-1) ago 

drowning in a sea of crybaby millennials.

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[–] TimeDilation 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

You mean the vets who have PTSD and can't get treatment from the VA? The 57000 homeless vets living rough? US vets have historically been treated poorly. Hard to mobilise the disenfranchised and destitute.

http://www.nationalbcc.org/news/beyond-the-rhetoric/2469-our-shameful-treatment-of-american-veterans

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[–] Alysrian 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

My husband is a vet, and we are on the edge of town. We try to stay out of shit as much as possible. He has PTSD, and feel that he has served his country enough for over 15 years (4 tours). We are retreating from society and taking our kids with us. We're going to watch it all burn, until assholes come knocking on our door. Then, we will defend our right to peace. Otherwise...staying the hell out of all of this.

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[–] Teflon-jersey 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

We are around. I would like to find a group to live near and to train/teach fire team tactics.

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[–] Opieswife 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Wow thank you this is the most interresting thing I have read in a long time. Your right I never learned about this in school back in the 70s and 80s and I doubt it is even taught now.

I'm supposed to be working but now I am online reading about this. Thank you for helping to continue my education. Ankther reason why I love this site.

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[–] mamwad 0 points 31 points (+31|-0) ago 

There would need to be a severe economic downturn for open revolt. Our best opportunity for change is sustained non-violent civil disobedience culminating in a general strike. It's actually achievable, and although it probably won't bring about drastic change overnight, it's enough to provide the impetus for reform.

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[–] eeevan 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

This is what I was going to say. Basically if enough people lost their jobs or there were food shortages. That's what it would take.

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[–] RebelWithCauses 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

There's already been a heavy economic downturn. Maybe it's time to organize a day that all workers strike to protest corruption in government, media, and society. Enough is Enough strike.

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[–] Teflon-jersey 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

The citizens don't even need to be violent to force change. Iceland, and what happened with the Panama papers is good evidence that peaceful protest would work. However, the US has had incidents such as Kent State, where the government fires the first shot. At that point, it's a different conversation.

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[–] klobos 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

That is why the government and the fed are dumping trillions into the economy and the stock market. It was about to happen and if they didn't try something the guillotines would have been rolled out. It kinda needed to happen though, our government and the organizations designed to protect the people are in bed together and are way too corrupt. Fortunately or unfortunately, what they tried is failing and all they did was manage to delay the inevitable. And now it will be much much worse.

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[–] hwong 0 points 15 points (+15|-0) ago 

Remember those Oregon guys from this spring? They tried and they had some seriously legitimate grips and the inet just laughed at them without actually researching what they were all about. The BLM folks are trying, and while they have gone off the deep end, the root of their disenfranchisement has some seriously legitimate standing.... I know many older folks I have talked with( 50+) are seriously asking WTF. It's is not the America they grew up in, but the younger kids, who think they know the world probably will never step up.... However, it sure feels like It's brewing just under the surface. it's brewing....

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[–] intrepiddemise 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

For the record, the internet labeled the Oregon guys "terrorists" and they're sitting in jail right now. The Black Lives Matter folks have been discredited in the same way that the Occupy Wall Street folks have been, through the actions of misguided followers. The Tea Party started out as a political revolt, too, until it was commandeered by the establishment.

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[–] EarlPoncho 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

tfw i might have to die for fatties

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[–] Lag-wagon 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago 

Much, I can put food on the table and everything is o.k. at the moment.

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[–] tchouk 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

Seriously guys, it's not going to take hunger or loss of electricity or whatever bullshit reasons you can read in this post.

It takes leadership and, organization. No revolution in history has succeeded without it. But we did have plenty of starving peasant revolts without leadership, in the hundreds, and all were put down in short and bloody order.

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[–] 9-11 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

churches. gun clubs. blue related organizations.

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[–] moremetalguitar 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

Similar situation for me. I moved from a large city to a small city, and I'd move into the woods and off the grid before I'd join a revolt.

I'm not sure any kind of revolution would have a chance if success here until the government becomes a lot more chaotic and dysfunctional. I know it's a mess compared to what Americans are used to, but compared to the countries where recent uprisings have succeeded in toppling the government, we're actually functioning at a pretty high level.

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