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A rising or rebellion of citizens against their government, usually manifested by acts of violence.

Under federal law, it is a crime to incite, assist, or engage in such conduct against the United States.


noun anarchy, defiance, disorder, disturbance, insubordination, insurgence, insurgency, motus, mutiny, noncompliance, outbreak, overthrow, political upheaval, rebellio, rebellion, resistance to government, revolt, revolution, riot, rising, seditio, sedition, uprising
See also: anarchy, commotion, defiance, disloyalty, mutiny, outbreak, outburst, rebellion, resistance, revolt, revolution, riot, sedition, treason

INSURRECTION. A rebellion of citizens or subjects of a country against its government.
     2. The Constitution of the United States, art. 1, s. 8. gives power to congress " to provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the Union, suppress insurrections, and repel invasions."
     3. By the act of Congress of the 28th of February, 1795, 1 Story's L. U. S. 389, it is provided: Sec. 1. That whenever the United States shall be invaded, or be in imminent danger of invasion, from any foreign nation or Indian tribe, it shall be lawful for the president of the United States to call forth such number, of the militia of the state, or states, most convenient to the place of danger, or scene of action, as he may judge necessary to repel such invasion, and to issue his orders, for that purpose, to such officer or officers of the militia as be shall think proper. And in case of an insurrection in any state, against the government thereof, it shall be lawful for the president of the United States, on application of the legislature of such state, or of the executive, (when the legislature cannot be convened,) to call forth such number of the militia of any other state or states, as may be applied for, as he may judge sufficient to suppress such insurrection.
     4.-2 That, whenever the laws of the United States shall be opposed, or the execution thereof obstructed, in any state, by combinations too powerful to be suppressed by the ordinary course of judicial proceedings, or by the powers vested in the marshals by this act, it shall be lawful for the president of the United States to call forth the militia of such state, or of any other state or states, as may be necessary to suppress such combinations, and to cause the laws to be duly executed; and the use of militia so to be called forth may be continued, if necessary, until the expiration of thirty days after the commencement of the then next session of congress.
     5.-3. That whenever it may be necessary, in the judgment of the president, to use the military force hereby directed to be called forth, the president shall forthwith, by proclamation, command such insurgents to disperse, and retire peaceably to their respective abodes, within a limited time.

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But there are many problems with insurrectionist anarchism, and these have ensured that most anarchists have remained in what has always been the main current in anarchism: mass anarchism, what I call mass anarchism.
Much of what Messer-Kruse notes about the features of the United States anarchist movement of the 1880s and 1890s--its international connections, its fiery language and internal squabbles, its involvement in unions, its call for revolution, its formation of working class militias and weapons stores, and the existence of a vocal insurrectionist wing--are not especially controversial, having been documented in a range of earlier studies.
The Insurrectionist, p223 (translation modified) [423])
Omit Barabbas (15:6-15a) and our problems vanish: the illogic of arresting a popular candidate just in time for a supposed popular-criminal release, and the absurdity of Pilate's freeing an insurrectionist (a custom for which we lack all evidence in any event).
Under the 1917 Espionage Act that barred mailing materials advocating insurrectionist or forcible resistance, and the 1918 Sedition Act that banned criticism of the government and ongoing war effort.
By the late 1850s that earlier Lowell had joined other New England Brahmins in financing gun-running to the antislavery insurrectionist John Brown.
With the combination of Dred's insurrectionist views, Milly's
The Palestinians neither enjoy formal nation-statehood nor are dedicated purely to the insurrectionist tactics of a liberation movement.
Perhaps the only Palestinian leader who might have rallied the Palestinians against the British decision was Jemal Husseini, who was detained in Rhodesia for insurrectionist activity in Iraq.
He worked on the Sabbath, touched the unclean, befriended women, chose flawed disciples to be his friends and heirs, forgave his enemies, promised paradise to an insurrectionist (read: terrorist), and kept on doing these things, so it is said, even after they killed him.
Especially during the highly charged atmosphere of the Passover festival, which commemorates the Israelites' earlier liberation from the oppressive Egyptians, the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate, and his troops were on red alert for insurrectionist threats from Zealots among the Jewish population.
Advocating tactics beyond mere theatrical demonstrations and unthinking sabotage alike, she opposed violent insurrectionist notions which often occur when real sources of people's power are neglected.