Letters...we get letters....
A Substack subscriber wrote:
Since government derives its power from the consent of the governed, how can the governed withdraw its consent and institute a new government knowing the present government will resist with violence?
A great - and vexing - question!
The obvious answer (required) is the process of withdrawing consent and instituting a new government can be difficult and complex, particularly if the present government is resistant to change and willing to use violence to maintain its power.
One approach is to use nonviolent resistance and civil disobedience to pressure the government to change. This can involve peaceful protests, strikes, boycotts, and other forms of nonviolent action designed to disrupt the normal functioning of society and draw attention to the issues at hand. Think of John Galt’s role in Atlas Shrugged.
Another approach is to work within the existing political system to effect change. This can involve running for office, supporting political candidates who share your views, and engaging in grassroots political activism to mobilize others in support of your cause.
In extreme cases, such as when the government is engaged in gross human rights abuses or other egregious violations of the law, the use of force may be necessary to effect change. However, this should always be a last resort, and it is important to ensure that any use of force is proportionate and justifiable.
Ultimately, the key to withdrawing consent and instituting a new government is to mobilize a critical mass of people who share your views and are willing to take action to effect change. This can be a difficult and lengthy process, but it is possible with determination, persistence, and a commitment to nonviolence and peaceful change. Remember Sam Adams’ famous quote "It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men".
Are you ‘irate and tireless’ yet?