Do the people of a country have the right to overthrow any government that the citizens believe is tyrannical?
You better be nice MJ or I'll overthrow you!
No. That's the point, IMO: we weren't a part of Britain, we were their colony. I don't believe at all, for example, that the South had a right to secede.
"When a long train of abuses and userpations, persuing invariably the same object, envinces a design on its people to reduce them under absolute despotism, It is their right, it is their duty to throw off such goverenment and provide new gaurds for..
their future security" - Decloration of INDEPENDENCE
It is our responsibility to do so if the government abuses its powers.
Are we talking abuse of power or tyranny? Or abuse of power to the point of tyranny? Should New Jersey stage a revolution against the state?
When you say "the people" are you talking about a majority of the people, small insurgent groups of people, wealthy people, well armed people...?
The people is self explanatory. It means the citizens.
I was asking because it is possible that if a small minority of the citizenry feels oppressed and they have a small nuke...no they don't have a right However, if a majority of people are convinced they are oppressed then it has to and will happen
Only in a democracy.
Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end.
They can try.
By the people for the people - I thought that is how its supposed to be
I did too. Apparently I was wrong.
Sometimes the government, just like punk ass kids, need a smack across the face to get them to stop all the stupid shit they do.
My favorite philosopher (and only one I remember from AP Euro) John Locke!!!
Not a right it's an obligation...
A person has the right to defend himself against any aggressor.