[FoRK] Fwd: Rand Paul: Obama Just Banned 1 Million Firearms

Damien Morton dmorton at bitfurnace.com
Mon Aug 6 08:31:30 PDT 2012

You're right, an observation doesn't lead to advocacy.

And yet..

If I take your meaning correctly about "its the threat [of armed
resistance] that keeps it [power?] in check", it doesn't make sense
that this should apply to federal or national-level government alone.

What if local government is the nascent authoritarian government?

As for keeping police brutality in check when dealing with "unlawful"
assemblies (the constitution itself provides no provision for
assemblies being unlawful, any more than it provides for certain kinds
of arms being unlawful), surely you must agree that the threat of
armed resistance is equally applicable in the small as it is in the

Would you agree that a quiet and peaceful and armed assembly will be
treated far more respectfully than an unarmed one. Yes? No?

On Mon, Aug 6, 2012 at 10:48 AM, Gregory Alan Bolcer <greg at bolcer.org> wrote:
> I don't see how an observation begets advocacy.  That's quite a leap and not
> the point I made.  Also, it's interesting that you would blur the difference
> between a local municipality and a nascent authoritarian government.  They
> are two different things.   One deals with law and order, the other deals
> with conferred rights and the method which constitutional freedoms are
> guaranteed.
> In the peaceful, but unlawful assemblies that were the occupy movement, we
> have laws and legal recourse that kept police brutality in check.
> Greg
> On 8/6/2012 7:08 AM, Damien Morton wrote:
>> So... your be an advocate of, say, the Occupy movement going
>> open-carry in order to keep police brutality in check?
>> On Mon, Aug 6, 2012 at 10:06 AM, Gregory Alan Bolcer <greg at bolcer.org>
>> wrote:
>>> It's the threat that keeps it in check.
>>> Are you not familiar with the theory of raw power politics?
>>> "...Tipping points in political change are based on psychological
>>> thresholds, which are both difficult to predict and measure. Often the
>>> very
>>> people who know the country best are least able to foresee the change,
>>> rooted as they are in old assumptions of stability."
>>> Greg

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