Is a violent overthrow of the government ever acceptable?

Posted by: Kalebsklips

An overthrow according to John Locke, upon who's works the Declaration of Independence was written states that "you have every right to overthrow the government if it fails to serve the needs of the people". The question is however: Is it ever acceptable to overthrow the government violently?

Poll closed on 4/12/2015 at 12:00PM.
  • Yes, there are some situations where a violent overthrow of the government would be acceptable

  • No, a violent overthrow of the government is never acceptable

90% 18 votes
10% 2 votes
  • Well it depends, if that government has become a tyranny then yes. That's why we have the second amendment.

  • It sometimes can be, look at the american revolution. Violent overthrow in that situation was acceptable.

  • Sometimes you have to fight fire with fire if there are no other ways. If a government is slaughtering and oppressing people, resistance is duty.

  • If a government uses violence and also to stay in power, you might have to use violence in response.

  • Yes, the overthrow of the Bautista regime in Cuba is one example, unfortunately it got replaced with one just as bad....

  • No, by violently overthrowing the government you would be fighting fire with fire. By using violence, you would be stooping to the same level as the corrupt that you are wanting to overthrow. 50% of the population in a geographic area can render that location completely ungovernable by simply refusing to comply. This is a much better approach to an overthrow of the government, and doesn't involve violence.

  • Like Kalebsklips said, a group of people governing themselves would be much better.

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Kalebsklips says2015-04-09T18:55:28.8094683-05:00
I accidentally didn't send my debate in with my vote, and it won't let me add it so I will paste it here! No, by violently overthrowing the government you would be fighting fire with fire. By using violence, you would be stooping to the same level as the corrupt that you are wanting to overthrow. 50% of the population in a geographic area can render that location completely ungovernable by simply refusing to comply. This is a much better approach to an overthrow of the government, and doesn't involve violence.
Kalebsklips says2015-04-09T18:56:43.9764634-05:00
Never mind. I fixed it! Disregard my last comment :)
58539672 says2015-04-09T23:39:35.6842192-05:00
Only if they win.
sundogjr says2015-04-24T04:01:22.0779208-05:00
It should be acceptable right now.

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