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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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    Jul 15 2013: An oppressive government is in my opinion part of an oppressive society
    • Jul 17 2013: If your opinion held true then we wouldn't be able to look back on history and see countless examples of tyrannical governments. Society tends to be played by government like a fiddle being played by a master musician.

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