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The problem with this type of revolution is tactical. Instead of the masses engaging the police on the streets, it might be more effective for small groups to engage with the 100s, if not 1,000s, of soft targets such as power, media, network, traffic, and commerce. The state cannot yet physically police all places at all times. I think the police and military, after hundreds of years of practice, have found effective ways to shut down any street protests and they need not be as deadly as Napoleon's tactics on 13 Vendémiaire.
by Magnifico on Wed Jun 29th, 2011 at 01:43:15 PM EST
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Problem is.. that would not delay tomorrow's vote.

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by kcurie on Wed Jun 29th, 2011 at 01:45:51 PM EST
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A broad-based civil disobedience movement can have a lot of fun: Don't charge for services (or charge them, but give the proceeds to the unions instead of the employers). Don't clear out garbage from the residences (or even neighbourhoods) of particularly odious banksters. Picket sell-out politicians like you'd do if they were neo-Nazis. "Accidentally" release embarrassing documents and footage. Release cockroaches or termites into your property when it is foreclosed on. And so on and so on.

More risky, both in terms of crackdown and in terms of public support, would be systematically counterfeiting €-Mark notes. This has a certain ideological appeal, since it would simply be rectifying the ECB's unwillingness to do its job and print enough money to cover the €-zone's needs. But the potential backlash is, perhaps, not worth it.

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed Jun 29th, 2011 at 02:16:59 PM EST
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Yes. Then get the army on your side and the politicians will flee for their lives. That will work, if you don't end up with a military dictatorship.

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by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Wed Jun 29th, 2011 at 05:10:43 PM EST
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by wu ming on Thu Jun 30th, 2011 at 02:49:15 AM EST
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