In defence of civil disobedience

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The inherent right of a citizen to be civil is civil disobedience as this implies a great amount of individual discipline and sacrifice. To be civil means to be passive in form of protest, where refusal to obey the law is needed when the law goes against humanity and basic civil rights and freedoms. Civil disobedience in certain cases is a very effective tool for rejecting the unjust demands, laws and commands of a coercive power, and in many cases a strong method of peaceful protest. This concept is crucial when the people en mass form unity against their oppressors. Such resistance is usually for the greater good of society as it represents the discontent of a general population. Civilians must profess discontent since it is necessary to understand current and ongoing issues that harm society as a whole. Justification of disobedience comes when the state does not have the moral, attentive, and supportive capacity to rule well among its citizens, which can lead to excessive coercion, ignorance, and support for small ruling elites. People have every right to defend themselves, even if sacrifice and consequences are at hand. This paper will argue the justification of civil disobedience so long as it remains non-violent and is used to defy the powers of the state and government when the rule of law is in need change for the greater good. The state must support the interest of its people or else it has nothing to govern. The legitimacy of laws has to be questioned and challenged peacefully. As an informal and non-violent form of protest, civil disobedience is implemented with the intention of engaging the formal institutions of the state in order to seek a sense of justice for the political community as a whole. (2). Underst... ... middle of paper ... ...trated through civil disobedience, which is halted by an authority that is greatly influenced by the ruling elite. In a similar case, Martin Luther King fought for black rights under racist attacks and a racist state. He was jailed numerous times, and ultimately killed for his actions, leaving a key legacy for the future to come. “One has not only a legal, but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” (King 1963). His statement expresses the will to abide with the law as long as they are fair and equal among all citizens. Relating this to aboriginal communities in Canada, it is accurate to say that they are mostly unfavoured by the constitution, and need to be included in the planning process to voice their concerns as equal citizens. Policies that conflict with the public interest must be broken.
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