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Why do we need violence to transfer power?

Revolutions are some very effective types of mass manipulation through which power changes and shifts. Why do we, humas, hold on to our positions or ideas even if we know we are wrong?

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  • Jan 30 2012: To me, there is a systems angle to this question - simply put anytime something new is introduced, no matter the context (economic, ecological or politcal), there wil be conflict. So to answer the question - no violence is not needed, but there needs to an infrastructure already in place to minimize the conflict caused by the political change.

    So the realistic answer is yes political change brings violence and the greater the change the greater the violence.

    Yet, on the positive side, there is infastructure that is slowly being built to minimize violence brought about by politcal change around the world. Revolutionaries (or insert your favorite term here) are not as isolated as their counterparts were in the 20th century.

    Peace movements are desireable, but without a decent organizational structure in place, and without access to enough infastructure to meet the basic needs of the movement, it is just like spitting in the wind.

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