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Casey Kitchel

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When fighting for rights, which is tougher: a battle against an oppressive government, or a battle against an oppressive society?

Manal al-Sharif opens her TED talk by asking the audience a question.

“You know that people all over the world fight for their freedom, fight for their rights. Some battle oppressive governments. Others battle oppressive societies.” And then she asks, “which battle do you think is harder?”

Fellow TEDers, which do you think is a tougher battle? And why?

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  • Jun 24 2013: Our revolutionary war demonstrates the difficulties with fighting an oppressive government. This results in bloodshed.

    An oppresive society causes division inside the country and one of three things happen:

    Change occures for the benefit of all
    or
    Stagnation and debate while the country heads in a downward spiral (sound familiar?)
    or
    One side wins and we are then in the first situation - oppressive government.

    Based these off things I have seen in history and generalized.

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