The Bourgeois Right to Bear Arms

Jordan Hayes jmhayes at
Wed Apr 21 08:04:26 PDT 1999

From cremick at Wed Apr 21 07:24:51 1999

> You want the state to have a monopoly over arms?

The notion that an armed citizenry could present any kind of

meaningful opposition to the Pentagon running amok

(*domestically,* that is) is ludicrous.

I think this is a fundamental misunderstanding of the intent of the 2nd Ammendment. Sure, resistance against any *particular* instance of state-sponsored firepower (and typically it's not the Pentagon, but rather the FBI or BATF) is doomed; but the threat of the mobilization of collective will of "the militia" is a very real instrument in the balance of power in the US between the state and the citizenry.

75 religious zealots holed up in a cabin? No way. 60M armed citizens spread across the country? That's something completely different. See, you can't just kill them all. It's a deterrent. And it's real.

For now.


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