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In your opinion, True or False, and why?: Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. ~John F. Kennedy
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gratia
Nov 12, 2010
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palladian
Nov 12, 2010
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For the most part, I agree with JFK's statement. Just look at the American Revolution. The American colonists' right to a peaceful protest was denied by Great Britain; thus, the colonists took it upon themselves to violently secede from Great Britain. I think the same holds true for today. If people are not allowed to peacefully protest, a violent rebellion is very likely.

 
sullyman45
Nov 16, 2010
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Rebuttal to: hiruko Show

yes ghandi did hold together his peaceful revolution. but he was also a pacifist. if someone is not against violence and starts a non violent protest, they weill most likely turn to violence if they are not granted the right ot assemble peacefully, which says is possible by our Bill of Rights.

 
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hiruko
Nov 14, 2010
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On the other hand, look at India under British rule. I've never studied it, but I believe the British did everything possible to repress peaceful revolution (including outright violence) but Gandhi's peaceful revolution won out anyway.

Not that it isn't a stellar observation on JFK's part, I just don't think it's absolute.

 
hiruko
Nov 17, 2010
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... Ghandi wasn't the only Indian revolutionary. He won out over others that advocated violent revolution. Therefore, the suppression of peaceful revolution does not make violent revolution "inevitable". Only likely.

 


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