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Coup Coup Katchoo, Mrs. Robinson

Over the weekend, one of my roommates and I got to pondering the logistics of extralegally incurring nonvoluntary regime change at the national level – i.e. pulling off a coup d’etat. We have no actual intention of overthrowing the government, here or anywhere else, but it made – and makes – for an interesting thought exercise.

First thing my roommate would do was the classic rounding up of people you can trust, arming them, and enlisting them in your cause through the use of open-ended promises and fiery speeches.

First thing I would do, I said, was consult Wikipedia and spend a few hours working up the statistics of recent coups and coup attempts.
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