Disobedience Essays

  • Civil Disobedience

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    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

  • Nonviolent Disobedience

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    Would the Civil Rights Act of 1964 been abolished without the use of non-violent civil disobedience? The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was the year all state and local laws requiring segregation ended. Civil disobedience is the active, professed refusal to obey certain laws, demands, and commands of a government, or of an occupying international power. While some people believe the use of violent disobedience to help promote their cause is more effective than using a non-violent approach, it may ultimately

  • Civil Disobedience

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    government if it weren’t for civil disobedience. Throughout the course of history, especially in democracies, civil disobedience has been used to change unright laws, and it gives people the freedom to stand for what they believe in. There are countless examples of people who protested and changed the world. In a way, it also lets people stay true to what they believe is right, whether it be for religious reasons or just because of their ethics. Civil Disobedience is, and always has been, a part of

  • Civil Disobedience

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    Identify an example in this country of civil disobedience that you feel was justified and explain why? Civil disobedience means, a group's disapproval to abide by the law because they place confidence that the law is corrupt. Civil disobedience is a refusal to obey unjust laws, or in other words, defying the law because you don’t agree with it. Civil disobedience is usually displayed in a peaceful way. Although, if a person commits civil disobedience they should be prepared to face the aftermath

  • Civil Disobedience

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    Park’s bus ride. Civil disobedience is defined as the refusal to obey certain laws or government demands in attempt to influence legislation or government policy. This act of disobedience is performed by people who are brave enough to stand up for what they believe in no matter what the punishment is. One act of civil disobedience is Gandhi’s famous Salt March. Gandhi's defiance of British laws over the salt tax, starting in March of 1930, sparked a wave of civil disobedience. Gandhi and his supporters

  • Disobedience And Resistance

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    Civil disobedience and resistance are important aspects of a free society. Based on the Constitution, citizens have the right to protest and overthrow an abusive government. Peacefully disobeying and opposing the laws set by this government allows light to be shone on the true meaning of a free society. Civil disobedience reflects positively on a free society by allowing citizens to reinforce their right to question the law, their right to voice their opinions, and ensure equal justice for all.

  • Civil Disobedience

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    When considering whether civil disobedience have a positive or a negative impact on society, we must first look at the roots of calls for civil disobedience. Resistance to laws come from a sense of injustice or a desire to change society to your own view. In the case of injustice, we can look to the words of St. Augustine: “an unjust law is no law at all”. If we live in a society dominated by unjust laws, then that society will cease to be free. At the same time, if a person or group of people choose

  • Civil Disobedience

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    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

  • Civil Disobedience

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    the centuries and is commonly known today as civil disobedience. Due to the works of Henry David Thoreau and Martin Luther King Jr. civil disobedience is a well-known political action to Americans; first in the application against slavery and second in the application against segregation. Thoreau’s essay “Civil Disobedience” and King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” are the leading arguments in defining and encouraging the use of civil disobedience to produce justice from the government despite differences

  • Civil Disobedience

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    Civil disobedience this is how the internet defines it “The refusal to comply with certain laws or to pay taxes and fines, as a peaceful form of political protest”. The word explains it all disobeying in a Civil way. Many people have became famous for this for standing up for what they think is right. For example, Rosa Parks refusing to sit in the back of the bus, you can say that’s an act of civil disobedience she didn’t think it was right for her to sit in the back of the bus after a long day she

  • Civil Disobedience

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    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

  • Civil Disobedience

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    Civil disobedience is where someone purposely and nonviolently violates a law, understanding that they will probably need to face the legal consequences of their actions. Therefore, the term “civil disobedience” cannot be used to avoid getting in trouble because one has to accept the consequences of their actions in order for it to be deemed “civil disobedience”. The reason this kind of protest is so effective in creating a free society is because acts of civil disobedience gives the public

  • Civil Disobedience

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    Civil disobedience is the refusal to obey laws as a way of forcing the government to do or change something. This is something that Gandhi, Thoreau, and King strongly believed in. Thoreau, Gandhi, and King believed that if you are going to be civil disobedient you must do it peacefully. They also all believed that it only takes one person to make a change happen. Thoreau, Gandhi, and King all believe that civil disobedience is a great way to get a change

  • Civil Disobedience

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    take away liberties of the few. The individual is justified in acting out in civil disobedience when the government restricts the liberties of the individual. When the Declaration of Independence was drafted, our forefathers were defying the laws of Britain. It was an act of treason for men to declare a separation from Britain and to create a newly formed government for America. These men acted in civil disobedience because the laws were unfair to Americans. Under the new government, they immediately

  • Comparison of Civil Disobedience

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    Comparing the Civil Disobedience of Martin Luther King Jr., Henry David Thoreau, and Mohandas Gandhi From the onset of man fighting for freedom or his beliefs, the question has always been whether one person can make a difference using words rather than wars. Philosophically, the concept of civil disobedience would appear to be an ineffective weapon against political injustice; history however has proven it to repeatedly be one of the most powerful weapons of the common man. Martin Luther King

  • Civil Disobedience

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    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. Under British

  • Civil Disobedience

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    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

  • Civil Disobedience

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    Henry David Thoreau, a philosopher and creative artist as well as an anti slavery activist, wrote his short story “From Resistance to Civil Disobedience”. In this story he’s arrested for not paying his state taxes. At the time the state was engaged in the Mexican-American War that was not only fought over boundaries expanding slavery but was also enacted by President Polk under his own decision. Thoreau thought the war was too aggressive and without just reason. In this short story Thoreau plays

  • Thoreau’s Act of Civil Disobedience

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    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

  • Civil Disobedience Examples

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    intelligent judgments on the issue of civil disobedience, we must study our nation’s past. Woodrow Wilson once said, “A nation which does not remember what it was yesterday, does not know what it is today, nor what it is trying to do. We are trying to do a futile thing if we do not know where we came from or what we have been about.” Our country was formed because our founding fathers engaged in acts of civil disobedience. However, their civil disobedience was not radical; it was employed after much