Brock: How much chance does an armed population have against the United States government? What does the power disparity say about American political culture? These are the questions we tackle in our recent article "A Distributed Capacity for Violence: A Brief History of Weapons Technology and Political Power." We think it's an excellent, nuanced take on this topic with a long historical context on this important topic. As always.........~~ Sam
The Constitution contains a powerful set of ideals and a wise system of governance, based on a deep reading of classical and medieval history as well as Renaissance philosophy. However, none of this matters if no system of force is in place to keep and defend the Constitution.
Ultimately, this what the 2nd Amendment is about: A distributed capacity for violence guaranteed to private citizens so that they may serve as a check and balance on the power of the state.
America’s Founding Fathers understood an uncomfortable truth: Behind every law is the implicit threat of force, and behind every vote is the implicit threat of rebellion. Such a bargain is what holds a free society together. And no society with a wide power imbalance remains free for very long.
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