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Free Speechrobert eggleton02-23-07  03:45 pm
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Lancer Kind
Posted on Sunday, July 30, 2006 - 11:33 pm:   

I read a novel in the early ninties about a futuristic earth and how the government was doing it's citizens wrong. So a rebellion was staged in the US. People felt rightious about it because the Bill of Rights gives them the right to overthrow the government once it becomes repressive.

What novel was that? My best guess is that it was Vinge's "The Peace War" or Moran's "The Long Run" but I don't have a copy of either to confirm this. Anyone have an idea?
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Dan Anders
Posted on Wednesday, October 11, 2006 - 12:40 pm:   

I think that idea is a reverb/echo of the Jeffersonian Democracy theory that we have a mini-revolution every 4 years. Nice thought but it doesn't work in practice when money/PACs/party politics weed out any real revolutionary ideas long before it can be presented at the ballot box.

Also the effort by one side or the other to marginalize and discount voters for the other cause makes a fraud of the idea that revolution can be attempted through the organs of the government one means to overthrow.

I'm not sure what the book title is - if they thought the US gov of the 90's was "doing us wrong" I can only imagine the apoplectic state the poor bugger must be in today.

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