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Was the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre a Failure of Civil Disobedience? - The 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre in China or the June Fourth Incident was one of the most famous student protests in the world’s history. The Massacre took place on June 4th 1989 – the last day of a series of pro-democracy demonstrations around Tiananmen Square beginning from April 14. The Tiananmen protest ended in tragic failure and bloodbath as the Chinese state decided to put down the protest with a martial law. At last, army troops and tanks were sent to take control of the city and were ordered to clear the square by firing at the crowd of protesters....   [tags: Tiananmen Square, Civil Disobedience]
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The Significance And History Of Civil Disobedience - Introduction Civil disobedience has always been a debated and polar opinionated topic since the first days that it was presented. Whenever it comes to going against a law that is set in stone as something to abide by in a society, some controversial actions are going to follow. The person who played the role as somewhat of a backbone in this movement was Henry Thoreau. In 1849, when Henry Thoreau re-iterated the idea of civil disobedience to the people of American following the Mexican war, it was viewed by some as extremely controversial, some viewed it as treason, and then there were the followers that were completely accepting of it and felt it necessary....   [tags: Protest Social Civil Disobedience] 1968 words
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Civil Disobedience: The Curious Case of Edward Snowden - More than six months after first sending shockwaves through the world, Edward Snowden is alive, not imprisoned, and still making daily headlines. A former National Security Agency contractor, Snowden was responsible for revealing to the American public the existence of enormous, secret governmental surveillance programs, tactics that irrefutably border unconstitutionality. He gave up his freedom and ultimately his way of life in revealing how the NSA was harvesting and storing global phone records and text messages, the majority sent by ordinary American citizens....   [tags: Civil Disobedience]
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Thoreau’s Act of Civil Disobedience - Thoreau’s Act of Civil Disobedience Thoreau was once sent to jail for refusing to pay his taxes and I support this episode of civil disobedience as justified. Thoreau did not pay his taxes because he objected the use of the revenue to finance the Mexican War and enforcement of slavery laws. He did not request for his money to be used for the enforcement of slavery laws, therefore felt he had the right to protest and act out civil disobedience. Paul Harris defines civil disobedience as "an illegal, public, nonviolent, conscientiously motivated act of protest, done by someone who accepts the legitimacy of the legal and political systems and who submits to arrest and punishment" (2)....   [tags: Thoreau Civil Disobedience] 522 words
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Civil Disobedience and the Abusive Power of Government - Civil Disobedience and the Abusive Power of Government In response to the annexation of Texas in 1845 by the United States, Henry David Thoreau's wrote the essay, Civil Disobedience.  Thoreau felt that this purely economic move by the United States expedited the Civil War, which he, and many Americans, disapproved of.  In his essay, Thoreau argues that government should not be in control of the people and that the people should be able to rule themselves freely however they please.  In addition, he clearly states and points out that in many instances it is best when individual rights take priority over state authority....   [tags: Thoreau Civil Disobedience] 847 words
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Citizenship and Government in Henry Thoreau's Civil Disobedience - Citizenship and Government in Henry Thoreau's Civil Disobedience Philosophers, historians, authors, and politicians have spent centuries pondering the relationship between citizens and their government. It is a question that has as many considerations as there are forms of government and it is rarely answered satisfactorily. A relatively modern theorist, author Henry Thoreau, introduced an idea of man as an individual, rather than a subject, by thoroughly describing the way a citizen should live many of his works....   [tags: Thoreau Civil Disobedience Essays]
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Comments on Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau - Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau   Thoreau's essay entitled "Civil Disobedience" i was an excellent way of educating the public on why people should not settle for a less than perfect government. His belief in demanding a better government was a great reminder that Thomas Jefferson insisted that it was our "duty, to throw off"(2) an unsatisfactory government in the "Declaration of Independence" ii Thoreau's essay also explained why people choose not to do anything about it. Thoreau stated that people "cannot spare the protection of the existing government, and they dread the consequences to their property and families of disobedience to it" (25)....   [tags: Civil Disobedience Essays]
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Thoreau's Proposed Solution in Walden and Civil Disobedience - Thoreau's Proposed Solution in Walden and Civil Disobedience   In Henry David Thoreau's Walden and Civil Disobedience, a problem is presented in the way in which we live our lives. Thoreau sees this problem and goes to Walden Pond to find the solution. Yet his solution is controversial in that it seems to propose actions that go against human nature. Thoreau's prescription for American desperation cannot be accepted by the masses for it is rooted in anti-socialism when humans are essentially social in nature....   [tags: Thoreau Civil Disobedience]
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Evaluation of Dworkin's and Habermas's Approach to Civil Disobedience - Evaluation of Dworkin's and Habermas's Approach to Civil Disobedience The following essay will attempt to evaluate the approach taken by Dworkin and Habermas on their views of civil disobedience. The two main pieces of literature referred to will be Dworkin?s paper on 'Civil Disobedience and Nuclear Protest?' and Habermas's paper on 'Civil Disobedience: Litmus Test for the Democratic Constitutional State.' An outline of both Dworkin's and Habermas's approach will be given , further discussion will then focus on a reflective evaluation of these approaches....   [tags: Dworkin Habermas Divil Disobedience Essays]
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Disobedience - The Statue of Liberty exists to symbolize America¡¯s justice and liberty; although, the unjust system we abide by displays an obvious account of misrepresentation. Civil disobedience has been a recurrent issue in our society because many people oppose unjust laws and actions set upon our country. The government exists to provide good for the people by acknowledging what is in the best interest for the population. They seem to ignore the significant issues that affect us most and would rather invest their time and effort into other trivial predicaments....   [tags: Society Discrimination] 1124 words
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Democracy in Civil Disobedience, Slavery in Massachusetts, Benito Cereno and Bartleby the Scrivener - The Oppression of Democracy Exposed in Civil Disobedience, Slavery in Massachusetts, Benito Cereno and Bartleby the Scrivener America has long been recognized as a democratic nation, a nation operating under the will of the people. The forefathers of America fought incessantly against British tyranny to start anew in a land of freedom and opportunity. Because America revived the ancient Greek ideology of democracy, the nation was set apart from the rest of the world and was revered for the freedom and justice it provided its people....   [tags: Civil Disobedience Slavery Massachusetts Benito C]
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Civil Disobedience - This paper talks about the Civil Disobedience concerning the violent and the nonviolent aspects of our lives. Civil Disobedience deals with obligations and ethics that surround our lives. To grasp the meaning of Civil Disobedience one would have to say that it means the refusal to obey the civil laws so that the government can change the policy or legislation, characterized by the use of. I have read Thoreau’s essay on civil disobedience and the obligation that your conscience mind follows and in reading this it states that people should not let the governments overrule or atrophy their consciences and that we as people are obligated to not allow the government to make them agents of any type of injustice....   [tags: Ethics]
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Civil Disobedience - Civil disobedience is the refusal to obey civil laws in an effort to induce change in governmental policy or legislation, characterized by the use of passive resistance or other nonviolent means. The use of nonviolence runs throughout history however the fusion of organized mass struggle and nonviolence is relatively new. The militant campaign for women’s suffrage in Britain included a variety of nonviolent tactics such as boycotts, noncooperation, limited property destruction, civil disobedience, mass marches and demonstrations....   [tags: nonviolent protest] 1017 words
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Civil Disobedience - Civil Disobedience Civil disobedience has been around for a long time. In Bible times Christians would disobey laws that would go against their beliefs, such as the law that they couldn’t preach. (Acts 4) Christians still disobey laws in many countries that do not let them practice their faith, some end up in jail or killed. In the past in this country, Thoreau wrote an essay on Civil disobedience saying that people make the law and have a right to disobey unjust laws, to try and get those laws changed....   [tags: Ethics]
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Civil Disobedience - Civil Disobedience Abstract Civil disobedience is the term assigned to actions taken by individuals to sway public opinion about laws that individuals deem unfair or unjust. Actions taken are usually nonviolent, and can include sit-ins, mass demonstrations, picket lines, and marches. Citizens are acting on their consciences, demonstrating highly advanced moral reasoning skills. Generally, these advanced skills fall into Kohlberg’s Six Stages of Moral Development, Stage Five and Six in particular....   [tags: Ethics]
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Disobedience in Children - “How can you learn lessons in here. Why, there’s hardly room for you, and no room at all for any lesson-books!” (Carroll, 1993 p21). Piaget (1896–1980) came up with a theory called cognitive development, which occurs in four stages in every child's emotional development. The first two stages are from birth until the child reaches his or her seventh year of life where they will become aware of its environment by visual, touching and sound. During the third stage and fourth stage, the concrete and formal operations, the child will typically ask questions to understand the complexions of things surrounding the child and to satisfy their curiosity and exploring mind....   [tags: Children] 1712 words
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Civil Disobedience - Martin Luther King stated “Cowardice asks the question, 'Is it safe?' Expediency asks the question, 'Is it politic?' But conscience asks the question, 'Is it right?' And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but because conscience tells one it is right.” Conscience is the main sense of human being that helps to distinguish what is wrong and what is right. Thus, conscience has to be a main driving force when people encounter unjust laws of government....   [tags: Government]
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Civil Disobedience - “Civil Disobedience” by Henry David Thoreau was a means of educating people on why they should not settle for a less than perfect government. Thoreau’s work is a reminder that it is our duty to throw off an unsatisfactory government, as stated by Thomas Jefferson in the “Declaration of Independence.” Civil Disobedience touches on the subject of why people choose to do nothing about a government they are unhappy with. People fear the consequences they might suffer if they do interfere with the current government....   [tags: Government] 1167 words
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Civil Disobedience - ... resign his conscience to the legislator. Why has every man a conscience, then. I think that we should be men first, and subjects afterwards." One should cultivate a respect for what is right rather than a respect for the law; and the only obligation one should have is to do what he thinks is right. Law, rather than making men more just, makes them agents of injustice - for example, soldiers fighting even though they believe it wrong. This turns the men into machines that should command no respect; yet we esteem them as good citizens....   [tags: Henry David Thoreau, Constitution] 1158 words
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Civil Disobedience - Civil Disobedience Are we morally obliged to obey even unjust laws. This moral question addresses what we commonly know as civil disobedience. In order to properly discuss civil disobedience and whether or not it is moral to disobey laws, we must first characterize civil disobedience. In Peter Singer's book, Practical Ethics he begins to characterize civil disobedience as arising from "ethical disagreement" and raising the question of whether "to uphold the law, even if the law protects and sanctions things we hold utterly wrong?" (Singer 292)....   [tags: Law Politics]
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Civil Disobedience - When should civil disobedience be condoned. Should it be condoned. Civil disobedience is defined as the refusal to obey government laws, in an effort to bring upon a change in governmental policy or legislation. Civil disobedience is not an effort to dissolve the American government, because without government our society would result in chaos. Sometimes, when there is an unjust law and the government won't take the initiative to fix it, the public must act as civil disobedients to bring awareness and fix the unjust law....   [tags: Politics] 1362 words
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Civil Disobedience - Civil Disobedience Works Cited Not Included I believe that civil disobedience is justified as a method of trying to change the law. I think that civil disobedience is an expression of one's viewpoints. If someone is willing to break a law for what they believe in, more power to them. Civil disobedience is defined as, "the refusal to obey the demands or commands of a government or occupying power, without resorting to violence or active measures of opposition" (Webster's Dictionary). This refusal usually takes the form of passive resistance....   [tags: Papers Thoreau Laws Morals Essays] 1100 words
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Civil Disobedience - All throughout world history, human beings have participated in acts of civil disobedience. However, in the last two centuries the belief and practice of it has been in full swing and has even brought on major historical events, especially concerning equal rights and just laws. Three major firm believers and activists in civil disobedience were Henry David Thoreau, Martin Luther King Jr., and Gandhi. All three of these men participated in acts of civil disobedience but each in his own way and for different reasons....   [tags: History Luther Kind Thoreau Gandhi] 1383 words
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Civil Disobedience - Civil Disobedience “You are morally obligated to obey even unjust laws.” Such a statement certainly is speaking of civil disobedience. To determine from an objective standpoint whether such a suggestion is true or false, a definition is essential. Elliot Zashin, author of Civil Disobedience and Democracy, defines civil disobedience as, “a knowing violation of public norm (considered binding by local authorities but which may ultimately be invalidated by the courts) as a form of protest: it is non-revolutionary, public, and nonviolent (i.e....   [tags: Law Politics]
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Civil Disobedience - Civil Disobedience Civil disobedience: “Refusal to obey civil laws in an effort to induce change in governmental policy or legislation, characterized by the use of passive resistance or other non-violent means” (Houghton, 2000). Although this definition seems broad enough to cover any aspect of a discussion, there is still much to be said about the subject. Martin Luther King wrote a fifty paragraph letter about the timeliness and wisdom in such an action, while Hannah Arendt managed to squeeze her definition into six (extra long) paragraphs regarding Denmark and the Jews....   [tags: Papers] 955 words
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Civil Disobedience - To Speak or Not to Speak. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. received a Nobel Prize and was honored by the President of the United States for his contributions to society. On the other hand, he was prosecuted, convicted, incarcerated, and had his sentence reaffirmed by the Supreme Court. These explanations seem rather contradictory. If what he did was noble, why was he jailed for his actions. When we take into account these manifestations of the government's attitude towards Martin Luther King, we can safely make the assumption that the government is not always justified in the laws that it creates....   [tags: Ethics] 1266 words
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Civil Disobedience - Civil Disobedience, Where’s The Line Drawn. In order to properly characterize and understand all aspects of civil disobedience we must look at where the line of disobedience stands and who crosses it. This country was founded on the idea of democracy. Our proud and dedicated fore fathers of the Constitution created this nation on a basis of morality and true freedom. Unfortunately, this dream has been contorted. Twisted to fit the ever growing greed and power thirsty idealisms of the powerful and wealthy politician....   [tags: essays research papers] 667 words
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Civil Disobedience - Civil Disobedience Henry Thoreau wrote an essay about it in the 19th century. Martin Luther King, Jr. preached it in the South. Mahatma Gandhi encouraged it in India. Nelson Mandela went to jail for promoting it. The Bible says that Paul, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were all guilty of it. According wikipedia.org, "civil disobedience encompasses the active refusal to obey certain laws, demands and commands of a government or of an occupying power without resorting to physical violence." As Christians, the dilemma is to follow the precepts of government to the letter and violate the commandments of God, or remain faithful to God, and become an enemy of the government....   [tags: Protest] 727 words
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Civil Disobedience - Civil Disobedience Civil disobedience is a nonviolent opposition to a law through refusal to comply with it, on grounds of conscience. I understand why somebody might want to oppose the law. Somebody might have their own beliefs on what is right and wrong and they wouldn’t know when they're disobeying. But when you do know what you're doing, if you don’t obey a certain law set forth for you to follow, there most likely will be some kind of consequence for not following the law. You could go to jail, be put on restraint, have something taken away, etc....   [tags: Papers] 549 words
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Civil Disobedience - Civil Disobedience History, as Karl Marx suggest, is defined by human suffering. When a man is oppressed, his natural recours is rebellion. Most ost restiance movements of the past incorporated violenve. Violence has been a mean to an end for centurys. Even today our lives are chronicled through violence and human suffering. However, a paradox ensues when revolutionaries use violence to free themselves from oppression, as a mean to an end. By replacing violence with violence, you are only contuining a destructive cycle that can in no way liberate everybody....   [tags: Papers] 2563 words
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Civil Disobedience and Change - How has civil disobedience been used to engender change. The human race has a long history of disobedience, beginning in the early biblical texts with the story of Adam and Eve. There are also many examples of civil disobedience the permeate known human history that include various forms of civil disobedience, including mass exodus, boycott, strike, non-cooperation and conscientious objection. Henry David Thoreau was a pioneer of modern civil disobedience when he refused to pay a poll tax because he believed the money would be used to fund the Mexican War....   [tags: Social Studies]
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Civil Disobedience: Unjustified by Democracy - Civil Disobedience is a deliberate violation against the law in order to invoke change against a government policy. Civil disobedience can come in the form of running a red light or j-walking, or in more noticeable methods such as riots. Coined by American author and poet Henry David Thoreau, the term has developed to define the act of disobeying a law one sees as unfit or unjust. Usually the purpose of civil disobedience is to gain public attention to a perceived injustice and appeal to or gain support from the public in a non-violent way....   [tags: Government] 913 words
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Importance of Civil Disobedience - ... In these instances of injustice there exist a wide range of legal channels that, according to many who oppose civil disobedience, must be exhausted first. This is true under the precedent of justice served quickly. As a legal maxim states: “Justice delayed is justice denied”. It means that, if justice is not carried out right away timely, then even if it is carried out later it is not really justice because there was a period of time when there was a lack of justice. Therefore the justice system is rightly called the shield of innocence and the guardian of civil right....   [tags: government, protest, stable governance ]
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The Value of Civil Disobedience - In 1968, Martin Luther King Jr passed away from a sniper’s bullet. He gave us thirteen years of nonviolent protest during the civil rights movement of the 1950’s. Before I can give my opinion on the history of race relations in the United States since King’s assassination in 1968 strengthened or weakened his arguments on the necessity and value of civil disobedience. You should know the meaning of civil disobedience. The word civil has several definitions. “The one that is intended in this case is "relating to citizens and their interrelations with one another or with the state", and so civil disobedience means "disobedience to the state"....   [tags: race, racism] 1102 words
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Dworkin, Thoreau, and Civil Disobedience - In Ronald Dworkin’s “Taking Rights Seriously,” he argues that the government cannot restrict the rights of individuals to do what they feel is morally right, as long as those individuals are willing to pay the legal consequences. In Henry David Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience,” he argues that men must always do what they think is right, especially when they think an aspect of government is not working. These arguments advocate civil disobedience in order to uphold one’s morals, but each has flaws regarding the relationship between the individual and society that must be fixed before the theories can be applied to society as a whole....   [tags: Philosophy]
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Disobedience in Milton's Paradise Lost - The very first words of the poem “Paradise Lost” indicate that the main theme of the poem is disobedience to God’s will. Milton begins his poem with a question directed to the reader, which serves the poet well; as it attracts the reader’s attention and makes him think about the answer to that question. When reading the beginning of the poem the reader gets the image of a commander addressing a crowd. The poet represents the hero of the poem as the devil. This gives an image of a commander of a huge army that has just lost a battle....   [tags: Poetry, Poem Analysis] 610 words
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Direct Action and Civil Disobedience - Although the environmental movement is one that involves people from all around the world sharing similar ideals, there is also a growing divide between the regular environmentalists and the extremists. Peaceful protests, boycotts and letter writing have categorized much of the environmental movement. However, starting around the 1990s certain environmental groups became disappointed and overwhelmed with frustration that nothing was being accomplished by simply following the rules. This is when civil disobedience, law breaking and monkey wrenching began to make headlines....   [tags: Environment ]
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Civil Disobedience and It's Relation to the Democratic Process - Everything in the universe is a system that must progress, and in order to progress, it must consume and test the realities around it. Throughout the history of humanity, individuals and groups have always defied laws that they believe are unjust and have always moved to progress society based on either their own motives. The idea of Democracy is revolutionary; it is a microcosm of the collective reality because different entities always come together in a feedback loop in order for their motives to coalesce and balance each other out....   [tags: Government]
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Civil Disobedience... Crime or True Freedom? - “No radical change on the plane of history is possible without crime,” This quote from Hermann Keyserling is just one of many statements that help describe the meaning and true raw power of Civil Disobedience. Civil disobedience as defined by Merriam Webster is the “refusal to obey governmental demands or commands especially as a nonviolent and usually collective means of forcing concessions from the government”. The most promising and understandable of the definitions of Civil Disobedience would be that given to us by Gandhi from India “Compassion in the form of respectful disagreement”....   [tags: Crime ]
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Disobedience by Children Characters in Books and Movies, - “But then,' thought Alice. 'shall I never get any older than I am now. That'll be a comfort, one way--never to be an old woman--but then--always to have lessons to learn. Oh, I shouldn’t like that!” (Carroll, 1993 p 21). Did Alice want to grow up. No, but she was not willing to go through the struggles during the concrete and formal operation stages of emotional maturity. Authors and movie directors have long used children characters and actors to portray these inevitable childhood developmental stages of emotional maturity, one of which is the disobedience stage....   [tags: Lewis Carroll, discipline,] 2050 words
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Obedience and Disobedience in A Few Good Man - “In the heart of nation’s capital, in a courthouse of the U.S government, one man will stop at nothing to keep his honor, and one will stop at nothing to find the truth.” This tagline helps to sum up the tone of the film A Few Good Men. Two soldiers caught in the middle of right and wrong will keep there hope and loyalty high as they wish for the best. Will the instigator of it all be pressured through his own anger to reveal the truth. Rob Reiner presents Col. Nathan R. Jessep as having an exaggerated self opinion while using his power for evil, based on dispositional factors....   [tags: Psychology]
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Civil Disobedience, by Henry David Thoreau - ... Drawing conclusions here, it can be said that there was not anyone, who would disapprove this. However, Thoreau was thinking contemptuously towards this and it was one of the reasons for reaching that conclusion. Another thing he was concerned of was a Mexican war, which was unfair according to Thoreau, due to the fact that the US government acted as an aggressor towards neighbors and has just annexed Texas. Some of soldiers seem to have a disdain against their own government, but they as obedient law follower cannot do anything else....   [tags: Conscience, Unjust Laws, Chaos] 749 words
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Is Violence in Pursuit of Happiness Justified? - How are the people, oppressed by others and by the government, supposed to react. Certainly, they do not enjoy being treated unjustly, however, they should still obey the laws. Is it to the laws of the land that command total submission or to his convictions by which he is convinced that the system is totally unjust. Therefore, how should citizens defend their liberties, without using violence or disobeying the law, if they think it’s unjust. If an individual obeys the law, he would automatically be thought of supporting the unjust system but in case he does not, he would be accused of disobeying the law....   [tags: Civil Disobedience]
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Civil Disobedience as a Method of Protest - Civil Disobedience By definition, civil disobedience means to actively refuse to obey certain laws, demands, and commands of a government or of an occupying power without resorting to physical violence (Wikipedia 2007). Many of the influential people in history have felt passionately about what they believe. These passions caused them to rebel against a government or authority. Many times they felt so strongly about what they believed and how they were being treated was wrong they became disobedient....   [tags: essays research papers] 875 words
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Civil Disobedience in Famous Literature - Civil Disobedience in Famous Literature A society or a people cannot let a government lead them blindly. With misrepresentation comes a whole new form of unjustness. The strong are the ones who do not give into demands placed upon them if they do not agree; those who refuse to conform to society; those who stick to their beliefs, no matter the cost. In many cases, those people are the ones who practice civil disobedience. Martin Luther King, Henry Thoreau, Socrates… All advocated that they should not be denied their freedom, and all were considered disobedient....   [tags: Plato Socrates Philosophy Literature Essays] 752 words
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Promoting the Use of Civil Disobedience - According to St. Augustine “an unjust law is not a law at all”(p186). This belief has been shared by many influential leaders in the past, including Henry Thoreau, Mahatma Ghandi, and Martin Luther King. They all believed in a non-violent approach to solving their social grievances. In most cases their approach was successful and was noticed by society and brought about a change in the laws. This nonviolent perspective stems straight from Jesus, who says, “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.”(p192)....   [tags: essays research papers] 657 words
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On the Duty of Civil Disobedience - On the Duty of Civil Disobedience In a concise essay, Thoreau proffers a challenge to all men, "not to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right." Over and over, almost redundantly, Thoreau stresses simplicity and individualism, as most transcendentalists (the new philosophical and literary movement of Thoreau's time) did. Thoreau clearly states, in his On the Duty of Civil Disobedience, that the government is unjust and doesn't represent the will of the people, that one man can't change the government, and that people succumb unconsciously to the will of the government....   [tags: Papers Henry David Thoreau]
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thoreau civil disobedience - In “Civil Disobedience”, why does Thoreau refuse to pay his poll tax. In Thoreau’s essay “Resistance to Civil Government”, Henry David Thoreau outlines a utopian society in which each individual would be responsible for governing himself. His opposition to a centralized government is an effort to disassociate with the American government, which at the time was supporting slavery and unjustly invading Mexico. While the individual rule would work well for Thoreau who is a man of conscience, it does not account for the immoral, dishonest or overly ambitious people in the nation....   [tags: essays research papers] 396 words
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Civil Disobedience in Antigone and Trifles - Civil Disobedience of Antigone and Mrs. Hale Civil disobedience is the purposeful violation of a law to show that it is unconstitutional or morally defective. In the plays, Antigone and Trifles, the female main characters commit an act of civil disobedience. The plays are respectively written by Sophocles and Susan Glaspell. Antigone, the main character of Antigone, protects her dead brother's honor as she disobeys the laws of King Creon. Mrs. Hale, the main character of Trifles prevents a neighbor from being charged with homicide as she breaks the law in front of two lawmen-The Sheriff and the County Attorney....   [tags: Comparative Literature] 1102 words
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Loyal Disobedience - A Social Tract of Euripides in Medea and Helen - Loyal Disobedience-A Social Tract of Euripides       In ancient Greece the females were considered to be conniving and deceiving whisperers, and men almost never trusted their wives.  The ideal woman was an obedient and placating wife.  They believed that the female should be strong but still yield to the power of the male in charge, whether it was older brother, father, or husband.  Euripides often used females in uncommon ways; he did not simply show them as complacent animals.  Women in Euripides' plays were used for social commentary.  They were not just simple characters; they could be both agathos and kakos.  The females in the works of Euripides were extremely strong and devious and they were loyal but at the same time hypocritical.                Ancient Greco society contained a vast amount of gods, demigods, and other godlike beings.  Even though it was widely known what females should be like, the gods themselves did not emulate this.  Hera was not obedient to Zeus.  There are other contradictory goddesses: the goddess of Peace, and the goddess of War.  In the time of Euripides there was a double standard.                In both Medea and Helen, the title characters are disobedient females.  They do not listen to the males around them.  In ancient Greece it was not acceptable for a female tolive by herself.  They believed that females should be the servant, or the subjugated property of a male.  Females relied on men for their protection but in return they gave their loyalty.  What might have been seen as obedience, most likely was loyalty.  Men might have thought they had an obedient wife but this was not the case....   [tags: Euripides Medea Essays]
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