King: “Letter from Birmingham City Jail” (pp. 202-218)
1. Martin Luther King, Jr. distinguishes between just and unjust laws and believes that civil disobedience is sometimes warranted. Do you think Kyi agrees? Why or why not?
2. What current law or rule do you feel is unjust enough for you to peacefully disobey? How would you exercise civil disobedience? I feel that the laws for taxing senior citizens should be based on their revenue. Most seniors now these days have to work even while they are retired especially those that have immigrated.
3. Explain how you would fight against the law if you got the chance. I would write letters to the authorities and spread the word to have people sign a letter.
4. Go to the “Videos” link and view Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, “I Have a Dream” speech. Do you see a difference between King’s writing style and his speaking style? Explain. Do you think his writing style in “Letter from Birmingham Jail” was influenced by his training as a preacher and orator? Defend your answer with specific examples.
Aung San Suu Kyi: from In Quest for Democracy (pp. 219-226)
1. In her piece, Kyi claims that democracy is a world value and not just a Western value. Do you believe that all countries should be democracies, or do you think that some cultures aren't well-suited to democracy? Explain. Not all countries/cultures are suited to democracy. The reason being is that some cultures are very feisty and in those cultures people would kill each other in a democratic environment for wanting.
2. Do you think that tolerating different cultures prevents Americans from criticizing their government? Why or why not? No, I don't think that tolerating different cultures prevents Americans from criticizing their government because someone somewhere sometime will ALWAYS be unhappy about what the government is doing. The government can try to please some people but it won't succeed in pleasing everyone.
3. Kyi relates democracy...
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