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    IS CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE JUSTIFIED? “The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy‚ indifference‚ and undernourishment". 1 “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful‚ committed individuals can change the world. Indeed‚ it ’s the only thing that ever has."2 History has shown us through the likes of Mahatma Gandhi‚ Martin Luther King Jr. who went against the greater power of their time to fight for injustice. These few respectable

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    Civil disobedience is essential to people power movements. Demonstrations and strikes give power to citizens in their dealings with governments. But suck tactics may lead to violence and chaos. Under what conditions‚ if any‚ is civil disobedience justified? Is it justified in a democracy like Canada? Was it justified at Tiananmen Square? Explain your answer. When it comes to civil disobedience‚ I believe it is justified when the leader ignores the needs of the people‚ and only thinks of them selves

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    two pieces of writing with such rich literary content‚ one must first examine their subject‚ occasion‚ audience‚ purpose‚ speaker and their tone. "Civil Disobedience"‚ by Henry David Thoreau and "Letter from Birmingham Jail" by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.‚ both illustrate transcendental ideas and views. Both display how the act of civil disobedience is sometimes necessary while dealing with types of social injustice. King‚ thought wrote his essay about a hundred years after Thoreau‚ connects in

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    Thoreau’s "Civil Disobedience" Major Themes Civil Government and Higher Law. In Civil Disobedience‚ Thoreau’s basic premise is that a higher law than civil law demands the obedience of the individual. Human law and government are subordinate. In cases where the two are at odds with one another‚ the individual must follow his conscience and‚ if necessary‚ disregard human law. Thoreau prepared his lecture and essay on resistance to civil government in response to a specific event—the Mexican War

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    Summer Reading- Civil Disobedience Prompt: Does your book contain one or more of the following themes? What techniques does the author use to develop this theme? Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau contains the theme of power as a corrupting influence. In the essay‚ Thoreau believes that the American government does not lead its people well. By following the majority‚ the power in the so-called “unjust” government‚ Thoreau thinks that the government has been corrupted. Those who work in

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    Civil Disobedience”  (scroll down to page 3 read the essay)      Objectives: make judgments; evaluate author’s ideas; paraphrase text    Essential Question #30: Which is harder to follow ­ laws or conscience? Why?    A)   “civil”  “disobedience”  civility  “dis” ­ not  civilized  “obey” ­ listen  civilization    1 ­ related to ordinary citizens  1 ­ failure or refusal to follow the  rules/laws  2 ­ not military or religious    3 ­ courteous‚ polite      B) 3 Types:  a. Integrity­based (morals; ex: religious intolerance) 

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    Critically evaluate 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

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    Henry David Thoreau‚ the father of Civil Disobedience‚ one of his famous quotes is “That government is best which governs not at all;’ and when men are prepared for it‚ that will be the kind of government which they will have.” This man was an inspiration to Mahatma Gandhi along with Martin Luther King. Thoreau went to live in the forest a bit to simply live with nature and write about it‚ from what I could tell he enjoyed it very much and wrote about things he encountered. In my opinion‚

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    Opening question: Thoreau writes‚ “A minority is powerless while it conforms to the majority; it is not even a minority then; but it is irresistible when it clogs by its whole weight” (Thoreau 386). This line has the most meaning to be me because one person cannot change the world alone‚ they would need help. What one person can do though is turn a minority into a majority. I could also take this to mean that while being surrounded by all those who have fallen victim of the government and its

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    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

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