At Sue Blom's Salon last Friday night, the topic was "When is it justified to rebel against your government?" We had a wide-ranging discussion, covering not only causes but methods--it was agreed violence isn't necessarily the only method effective method of rebellion, viz. Ghandi, but that, given the violence-prone procliities of many modern governments, it may often be the only viable one. A disturbing aspect of our OWN society is that if you AREN'T violent, you become just another crank--.
I feel that rebellion is justified when all other forms of redress have been cut off or corrupted--there are no honest courts, no open-minded legislatures, no free press. I think sometimes that we've come perilously close to that.
That evening, news of the French rioting hadn't really sunk in, but, since then, it occurs to me that knowing you have essentially no future and your government doesn't appear to car about you may seem a good cause if that's your situation--.