Adolescent chest-beating aside, how can the people resist a government with modern armed forces, weapons of mass destruction, and the will to use them against its own citizens?
Sobering thought, particularly the bit about the will to use force against its own citizens.
As long as it's the right 1 million people with a monopoly on the weapons.
Our armed forces have taken an oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. Any action taken by us or by people who believe as we do would have the same goal.
I think we can depend on our soldiers to uphold their oath, and support any action we might take.
I think the answer is found in the preceding chapter, Galts speech...
"Do not attempt to rise on the looters terms or to climb a ladder while theyre holding the ropes. Do not allow their hands to touch the only power that keeps them in power: your living ambition. Go on strike-in the manner I did. Use your mind and skill in private, extend your knowledge, develop your ability, but do not share your achievements with others. Do not try to produce a fortune, with a looter riding on your back. Stay on the lowest rung of their ladder, earn no more than your barest survival, do not make an extra penny to support the looters state. Since youre captive, act as a captive, do not help them pretend that youre free. Be the silent, incorruptible enemy they dread. When they force you, obey-but do not volunteer. Never volunteer a step in their direction, or a wish, or a plea, or a purpose. Do not help a holdup man to claim that he acts as your friend and benefactor. Do not help your jailers to pretend that their jail is your natural state of existence. Do not help them to fake reality. That fake is the only dam holding off their secret terror, the terror of knowing theyre unfit to exist; remove it and let them drown; your sanction is their only life belt. If you find a chance to vanish into some wilderness out of their reach, do so, but not to exist as a bandit or to create a gang competing with their racket; build a productive life of your own with those who accept your moral code and are willing to struggle for a human existence. You have no chance to win on the Morality of Death or by the code of faith and force; raise a standard to which the honest will repair: the standard of Life and Reason."
Proving to others that it is possible to live this way is, in my opinion, the most effective strategy. Earlier on I mentioned the 'punch vs. shrug' conundrum. This is what it has distilled down to. The 'punch' (armed confrontation) is not only absorbed by the looters, it adds to their power and used against you. The 'shrug' denies them your resources and reduces their power and adds to yours.
Nancy Reagan had it right, although she may not have understood the full implication, when she told our children to "Just say NO!"
Absolutely no one can maintain a 300 yard security perimeter forever. No one.
AH HA! Finally something I can answer. read this: What good can a handgun do against an Army.