“An armed revolution in order to protect liberties might be necessary in the next few years”

Fairleigh Dickinson University, a private school in New Jersey, has released a report suggesting

Overall, the poll finds that 29 percent of Americans think that an armed revolution in order to protect liberties might be necessary in the next few years, with another five percent unsure. However, these beliefs are conditional on party. Just 18 percent of Democrats think an armed revolution may be necessary, as opposed to 44 percent of Republicans and 27 percent of independents. (here)

Oddly enough, the 29% of the total Americans who believe in such a possibility roughly matches the support the Founding Fathers had.


Of course, many Americans believe in a 6000 year old earth, listen to Alex Jones, and follow some really stupid beliefs.

Would be interesting to see the causes of the expected revolt, I mean by party. Some may consider it necessary because of a particular President or party in power. Others may see it necessary because they fear that party taking over.

Also, what’s really scary is that the Tea Party keeps losing ground… and groups with a revolutionary zeal that lose ground… well…

(HT – CS – via Twitter)

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Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

4 thoughts on ““An armed revolution in order to protect liberties might be necessary in the next few years”

  1. Research social contract theory. It offers some insight into why the former Soviet Union fell without a revolution. Also explore the concept of government legitimacy. Then find out when was the last time that a majority of the American public trusted government.

  2. Apathy is a much greater and more likely threat than is armed revolution. Washington publicly ignores indifference because it is a metastasizing and untreatable public malignancy that slowly kills regimes. As the former Soviet Union discovered the hard way, armies and laws are powerless to stop it.

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