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When is a "riot" a good riot and when is it a bad riot?

There have been "riots" in many places in the last couple years: Iran, Egypt, Syria, and most recently Britain. So when is a riot a" good" one? What characterizes a "bad" one?

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  • Aug 12 2011: A bad riot is one in which the rioters do not attain their goal. A good riot is one in which they do. Its as simple as that. A good riot would include those that led to the successful American and French revolutions, because the rioters were in a position to call them "good" after the dust settled.

    History is written by the victors. "Terrorism" "mindless violence" are what the losers do. "Freedom fighting" is what the winners do. In fact, they are doing exactly the same thing.

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