From the American civil rights movements to the Salt March, the Anti-Vietnam protests, to the massacre at Tien An Men square to Black LIves Matter, history has shown civil actions to have a mixed record of success. Contemporary movements seem inclined towards failure. The Hong Kong protests appear to have been crushed without so much as an inch of ground gained. For all the legitimacy behind the BLM movement, what do they realistically stand to accomplish? Historically, a component of successful civil disobedience appears to be a government that is inclined (if only because of it's own political prospects at the ballot box) to listen. But in places like China civil disobedience seems to be a venture doomed to failure. In the U.S. civil demonstrations only work if the government is inclined to think it may lose political power. Is civil disobedience and protest still a viable agent of political change? If so what forms are still effective? If not, are nations effectively stuck with armed rebellion as their only recourse?