armed rebellion against a constituted authority when those taking part in the rebellion are not recognized as belligerents
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- INSURRECTION, n. An unsuccessful revolution. Disaffection's failure to substitute misrule for bad government.
- Ambrose Bierce, The Cynic's Dictionary (1906); republished as The Devil's Dictionary (1911).
- We must calm the mind of the common man, and tell him to abstain from the words and even the passions which lead to insurrection. ... Insurrection ... never brings about the desired improvement. For insurrection lacks discernment; it generally harms the innocent more than the guilty. Hence, no insurrection is ever right, no matter how right the cause it seeks to promote.
- Martin Luther, A Sincere Admonition to All Christians to Guard Against Insurrection and Rebellion (1522), in Luther's Works, vol. 45 (1962), pp. 62-63
- There is no need for you to develop an armed insurrection. Christ himself has already begun an insurrection with his mouth. ... An armed insurrection ... would hinder and bring into disrepute this spiritual insurrection.
- Martin Luther, A Sincere Admonition to All Christians to Guard Against Insurrection and Rebellion (1522), in Luther's Works, vol. 45 (1962), p. 68
- He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers the merciless Indian Savages, whose known form of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes, and conditions.
- Thomas Jefferson, United States Declaration of Independence,