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Is civil disobedience morally justified in a democracy?

  • “Protest beyond the law is not a departure from democracy; it is absolutely essential to it.” ― Howard Zinn

    Civil disobedience is morally justified in a democracy because, first of all, when the people don't stand up for what they believe is morally wrong it happens. Second of all, Martin Luther King, Jr. Asked us to look more closely at the legal channels of change. If they are open in theory, but closed or unfairly obstructed in practice, then the system is not democratic in the way needed to make civil disobedience unnecessary. Often times the majority won't listen to the plight of the smaller groups. That is why civil disobedience is important; it brings the problems in our society to the light. Third, this is actually in the Declaration of Independence "That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security." They even told us to overthrow such a government. Fourth, do you have any idea how many things have been put into motion by civil disobedience Women's suffrage, the civil rights movement, the formation of Unions, labor laws, and even the abolition of slavery. Really even America was founded on civil disobedience. The Boston tea party? Burning stamps from the stamp act. Hanging dummies that looked like the tax collector. All of these are examples of civil disobedience that put something into motion. Because of these actions, America is what is is. Understand though that there are always exceptions to the case and it does sometimes lead to violence, but the positive effects outweigh the negative. (In my opinion)

  • “Protest beyond the law is not a departure from democracy; it is absolutely essential to it.” ― Howard Zinn

    Civil disobedience is morally justified in a democracy because, first of all, when the people don't stand up for what they believe is morally wrong it happens. Second of all, Martin Luther King, Jr. Asked us to look more closely at the legal channels of change. If they are open in theory, but closed or unfairly obstructed in practice, then the system is not democratic in the way needed to make civil disobedience unnecessary. Often times the majority won't listen to the plight of the smaller groups. That is why civil disobedience is important, it brings the problems in our society to the light. Third, this is actually in the Declaration of Independence "That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security." They even told us to overthrow such a government. Fourth, do you have any idea how many things have been put into motion by civil disobedience Women's suffrage, the civil rights movement, the formation of Unions, labor laws, and even the abolition of slavery. Really even America was founded on civil disobedience. The Boston tea party? Burning stamps from the stamp act. Hanging dummies that looked like the tax collector. All of these are examples of civil disobedience that put something into motion. Because of these actions, America is what is is. Understand though that there are always exceptions to the case and it does sometimes lead to violence, but the positive effects outweigh the negative. (in my opinion)

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  • Civil Disobedience is a Form of Protest

    Civil disobedience is an important form of protest and should be protected in a democracy. It is a manner in which unfair laws and treatment of groups can be brought to light and protested against without violence. Civil disobedience played a major part in both the civil and women's rights movements, and will continue to be an important alternative to violent acts as future issues are brought to light and protested.

  • When governments try to rule the people, civil disobedience is justified

    Sometimes government needs to be put in it's place. In a democracy government is supposed to be accountable to the people. When the government tries to obligate the people to laws they disagree, it is for the people to stand up against the government and remind the government who it serves.

  • Civil Disobedience is a sign of disobeying the law

    Civil Disobedience is incorrect. Many laws can look unjust to many other people, and they can all form groups to overthrow the laws, making many laws out of business. Yes, civil disobedience was played in many movements, but, women's rights were an entirely different case. It depends on the law, but for many cases, civil disobedience is a sign of obeying the law, which is like your parents.


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