Civil Disobedience

Civil Disobedience is an essay by American transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau that was first published in 1849.

Author: Henry David Thoreau

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ISBN: 1986811689

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Civil Disobedience is an essay by American transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau that was first published in 1849. In it, Thoreau argues that individuals should not permit governments to overrule or atrophy their consciences, and that they have a duty to avoid allowing such acquiescence to enable the government to make them the agents of injustice. Thoreau was motivated in part by his disgust with slavery and the Mexican-American War (1846-1848).

Essays on Civil Disobedience

Inexpensive but substantial anthology begins with Thoreau's 19th-century essay and concludes in the present day. Contributors include Tolstoy, Bertrand Russell, Martin Luther King, Jr., Dalai Lama, Aung San Suu Kyi, others.

Author: Bob Blaisdell

Publisher: Courier Dover Publications

ISBN: 9780486793818

Category: History

Page: 192

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Inexpensive but substantial anthology begins with Thoreau's 19th-century essay and concludes in the present day. Contributors include Tolstoy, Bertrand Russell, Martin Luther King, Jr., Dalai Lama, Aung San Suu Kyi, others.

Civil Disobedience Solitude and Life Without Principle

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) championed the belief that people of conscience were at liberty to follow their own opinions, and he wrote at length on subjects that either supported or explained his (at-the-time) controversial views.

Author: Henry David Thoreau

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ISBN: OSU:32435057970972

Category: Literary Criticism

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Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) championed the belief that people of conscience were at liberty to follow their own opinions, and he wrote at length on subjects that either supported or explained his (at-the-time) controversial views. In these selections from his writings, we see Thoreau as individualist and opponent of injustice.

Crises of the Republic

In this stimulating collection of studies, Dr. Arendt, from the standpoint of a political philosopher, views the crises of the 1960s and early '70s as challenges to the American form of government.

Author: Hannah Arendt

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0156232006

Category: History

Page: 240

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In this stimulating collection of studies, Dr. Arendt, from the standpoint of a political philosopher, views the crises of the 1960s and early '70s as challenges to the American form of government. The book begins with "Lying in Politics," a penetrating analysis of the Pentagon Papers that deals with the role of image-making and public relations in politics. "Civil Disobedience" examines the various opposition movements from the Freedom Riders to the war resisters and the segregationists. "Thoughts on Politics and Revolution," cast in the form of an interview, contains a commentary to the author's theses in "On Violence." Through the connected essays, Dr. Arendt examines, defines, and clarifies the concerns of the American citizen of the time.--From publisher description.

The intersection of Civil Disobedience and the Rule of Law

Seminar paper from the year 2013 in the subject Law - Public Law / Constitutional Law / Basic Rights, grade: 80, University of South Africa, language: English, abstract: The principal objective of this paper is to critically analyse how the ...

Author: Shepherd Mutsvara

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 9783668469662

Category: Law

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Seminar paper from the year 2013 in the subject Law - Public Law / Constitutional Law / Basic Rights, grade: 80, University of South Africa, language: English, abstract: The principal objective of this paper is to critically analyse how the post-1994 South African government has reacted to civil disobedience, when it is the very tool that has played a large role in bringing them to power. The new rainbow nation has had unarmed confrontation with the State in areas of racial harmonisation, socio-economic issues and unreasonable governmental policies. While acknowledging that civil disobedience is at cross purpose with the law, the paper establishes that civil disobedience and the rule of law should be balanced in a healthy democracy. The citizenry should be made aware of its rights and obligations imposed by the constitution. On the other hand, the State’s response to civil disobedience should be one enveloped in legal authority. Thus civil disobedience in any democracy should not be met with a knee jerk reaction. The paper also scrutinizes the divergent views on law and morality. Divergent as they are, the common denominator is that no society can do without intoleration, indignation and disgust which in the end may lead to civil disobedience. This study will define the concept civil disobedience and rule of law. The link between civil disobedience and the rule of law shall be explained through theories of legal positivism and natural law in particular the Hart-Devlin debate and the Hart-Fuller debate.

Civil Disobedience

A masterful exploration of the practice of civil disobedience in America from the nation’s earliest days to the present

Author: Lewis Perry

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300124590

Category: History

Page: 407

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A masterful exploration of the practice of civil disobedience in America from the nation’s earliest days to the present

Civil Disobedience and the Politics of Identity

Civil Disobedience and the Politics of Identity is an attempt to provide criteria for when it is both morally necessary and politically expedient to break with civic harmony social cohesion in the name of a higher social justice.

Author: J. Hill

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137350312

Category: Social Science

Page: 201

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Civil Disobedience and the Politics of Identity is an attempt to provide criteria for when it is both morally necessary and politically expedient to break with civic harmony social cohesion in the name of a higher social justice.

Civil Disobedience in Focus

By presenting classic and current philosophical reflections on the issues, this book presents all the basic materials needed for a philosophical assessment of the nature and justification of civil disobedience.

Author: Hugo Adam Bedau

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134942596

Category: Philosophy

Page: 224

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The issues surrounding civil disobedience have been discussed since at least 399 BC and, in the wake of such recent events as the protest at Tiananmen Square, are still of great relevance. By presenting classic and current philosophical reflections on the issues, this book presents all the basic materials needed for a philosophical assessment of the nature and justification of civil disobedience. The pieces included range from classic essays by leading contemporary thinkers such as Rawls, Raz and Singer. Hugo Adam Bedau's introduction sets out the issues and shows how the various authors shed light on each aspect of them.

Representing Resistance

A critical look at mainstream media's coverage of global civil disobedience and an exploration of the role of performance and technology in "new activism."

Author: Ted Smythe

Publisher: Praeger Pub Text

ISBN: STANFORD:36105111903337

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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A critical look at mainstream media's coverage of global civil disobedience and an exploration of the role of performance and technology in "new activism."

The Cambridge Companion to Civil Disobedience

The theory and practice of civil disobedience has once again taken on import, given recent events.

Author: William E. Scheuerman

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108745466

Category: Political Science

Page: 300

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The theory and practice of civil disobedience has once again taken on import, given recent events. Considering widespread dissatisfaction with normal political mechanisms, even in well-established liberal democracies, civil disobedience remains hugely important, as a growing number of individuals and groups pursue political action. 'Digital disobedients', Black Lives Matter protestors, Extinction Rebellion climate change activists, Hong Kong activists resisting the PRC's authoritarian clampdown...all have practiced civil disobedience. In this Companion, an interdisciplinary group of scholars reconsiders civil disobedience from many perspectives. Whether or not civil disobedience works, and what is at stake when protestors describe their acts as civil disobedience, is systematically examined, as are the legacies and impact of Henry Thoreau, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King.

Civil Disobedience

The authorities are saying that protests are justified , but not when they break the laws , and the answer is coming in terms of civil disobedience as the dramatic means of making laws , and making them just .

Author: Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105062181156

Category: Civil disobedience

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Civil Disobediences

A collection of essays, lectures, and teaching materials explores the essence of poetry and its history, including the development of poetic forms, poetry's power to dismantle and recreate political realities, and advice on bringing poetry ...

Author: Anne Waldman

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ISBN: UOM:39015061145077

Category: History

Page: 469

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A collection of essays, lectures, and teaching materials explores the essence of poetry and its history, including the development of poetic forms, poetry's power to dismantle and recreate political realities, and advice on bringing poetry to one's local community. Original.

Walden and Civil Disobedience

Most famously, both Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. drew on "Civil Disobedience" in planning their successful nonviolent campaigns against injustice. The countercultural movements of the 1960s claimed Walden as a literal prescription ...

Author: Henry David Thoreau

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780743487726

Category: Fiction

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Naturalist and philosopher Thoreau's timeless essays on the role of humanity -- in the world of nature, and in society and government.

Civil Disobedience

Organized boycotting has often accompanied later campaigns of civil disobedience. And mobilized defiance of laws carried outwith “perfectsubmission” to government certainly bears some ofthe contradictoriness of laterexpressions of civil ...

Author: Lewis Perry

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300203868

Category: History

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The distinctive American tradition of civil disobedience stretches back to pre-Revolutionary War days and has served the purposes of determined protesters ever since. This stimulating book examines the causes that have inspired civil disobedience, the justifications used to defend it, disagreements among its practitioners, and the controversies it has aroused at every turn. Tracing the origins of the notion of civil disobedience to eighteenth-century evangelicalism and republicanism, Lewis Perry discusses how the tradition took shape in the actions of black and white abolitionists and antiwar protesters in the decades leading to the Civil War, then found new expression in post-Civil War campaigns for women's equality, temperance, and labor reform. Gaining new strength and clarity from explorations of Thoreau's essays and Gandhi's teachings, the tradition persisted through World War II, grew stronger during the decades of civil rights protest and antiwar struggles, and has been adopted more recently by anti-abortion groups, advocates of same-sex marriage, opponents of nuclear power, and many others. Perry clarifies some of the central implications of civil disobedience that have become blurred in recent times--nonviolence, respect for law, commitment to democratic processes--and throughout the book highlights the dilemmas faced by those who choose to violate laws in the name of a higher morality.

Civil Disobedience

A Gita-inspired restriction of the gulf between us and them, between protestors such as those at Dharasana and the police who subjected them to violence, shaped Gandhi's understanding of satyagraha and of civil disobedience in another, ...

Author: Tony Milligan

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781441126764

Category: Political Science

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Civil disobedience is a form of protest with a special standing with regards to the law that sets it apart from political violence. Such principled law-breaking has been witnessed in recent years over climate change, economic strife, and the treatment of animals. Civil disobedience is examined here in the context of contemporary political activism, in the light of classic accounts by Thoreau, Tolstoy, and Gandhi to call for a broader attitude towards what civil disobedience involves. The question of violence is discussed, arguing that civil disobedience need only be aspirationally non-violent and that although some protests do not clearly constitute law-breaking they may render people liable to arrest. For example, while there may not be violence against persons, there may be property damage, as seen in raids upon animal laboratories. Such forms of militancy raise ethical and legal questions. Arguing for a less restrictive theory of civil disobedience, the book will be a valuable resource for anyone studying social movements and issues of political philosophy, social justice, and global ethics.

Civil Disobedience

Civil. Disobedience. Plays. an. Important. Role. in. Democracy. Kayla Starr Kayla Starr is a writer for Civilliberties.org. Kayla Starr begins this viewpoint with a historical overview of past uses of civil disobedience that have formed ...

Author: Elizabeth Schmermund

Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing LLC

ISBN: 9781534500662

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

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Civil disobedience, the refusal to obey certain laws, is a method of protest famously articulated by philosopher and writer Henry David Thoreau in his 1849 essay “Civil Disobedience.” Thoreau believed that protest became a moral obligation when laws collided with conscience. Since then, civil disobedience has been employed as a form of rebellion around the world. But is there a place for civil disobedience in democratic societies? When is civil disobedience justifiable? Is violence ever called for? Furthermore, how effective is civil disobedience?

Civil Disobedience

Civil rebellion generates international interest and pressurises a government into dealing with a problem. 4.3 Authoritarian Attitudes and Responses to Civil Disobedience Authorities are universally antagonistic towards any form of ...

Author: Malcolm Coxall

Publisher: Malcolm Coxall

ISBN: 9788494178382

Category: Political Science

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Traditional democratic structures in the Western world are coming under increasing pressure. A combination of political corruption, voter apathy and attacks on the rights of the citizen are being driven by authoritarian tendencies not seen for generations. In turn, this is being stoked by an artificial climate of fear, choreographed as a narrative of external terrorist threats and war against yet another "evil empire". Much of the decision-making of government has been bought or hijacked by big business, whilst a whole generation of citizens has become increasingly cynical about the probity and ethics of their politicians. The current extent of public distrust and antagonism for the political elite is matched only by shocking levels of voter apathy throughout the democratic world. This situation has created an unhealthy and perilous disconnection between the electorate and the political classes. As in any evolving environment, this gap is being filled. In this case, the democratic deficit is being bypassed using various forms of civil rebellion as a substitute for a functioning parliamentary system. Nonviolent rebellion has a long history, but since the industrial revolution the use of organised civil disobedience has become increasingly widespread and refined. With the advent of the internet, civil rebellion itself has been totally revolutionised. The rules of the game have truly changed and control of "the truth" has, to some extent, finally been democratised. These days, the big beasts on the political landscape are no longer labour unions fighting a local cause, but global movements, representing hundreds of millions of activists across a borderless world. And their armoury is formidable. Even the smallest local protest group has been immensely empowered by recent technological change. Here we present a practical guide to civil rebellion, defining more than 300 separate ways in which citizens may effectively deliver a protest to an authority and the public, either alone or in a group. In comparison with the ballot box, civil disobedience seems a rough way of dealing with authority. But, in the absence of a functioning democracy, it is rapidly becoming the last resort of the citizen to defend their freedom from an increasingly reviled, dysfunctional and autocratic political establishment. This book is a practical guide. It is designed to help in the routine planning and organisation of peaceful protest. But the book also includes a history of civil rebellion and a moral and legal discussion of how civil disobedience may be used to achieve political objectives. This practical information is supported by a description of the best techniques for use in the strategic planning of protest actions and the management of protest organisations. Though based on a wealth of protest history, the emphasis of this book is on contemporary protest and it focuses especially on the impact of internet and communications technology on current protest campaigns. Politically, this guide pays particular attention to the techniques used by authorities to infiltrate and undermine legitimate civil protest movements and how these efforts can be detected and managed by a protest group. The book also provides practical advice on using similar subversive techniques against unscrupulous authorities. Above all, the objective of this guide is to facilitate responsible political activists in delivering powerful, effective, nonviolent protests to an authority and to do this in a way which positively reinforces the concepts of democracy and universal human rights. At a time when both democracy and human rights are threatened by the constant attacks by political opportunists, civil disobedience is beginning to move centre stage. Indeed, it seems to be rapidly becoming the only show in town for the aggrieved citizen of liberal persuasions in a world drowning in political corruption, popular apathy and short-sighted, populist political culture.

Civil Disobedience and Deliberative Democracy

The justification and role of civil disobedience can be associated, then, with the good of maintaining and strengthening the operation of the public sphere. Civil disobedience and deliberative democracy The preceding discussion has ...

Author: William Smith

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135017545

Category: Political Science

Page: 166

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Civil disobedience is a public, nonviolent, conscientious yet political act, contrary to law, carried out to communicate opposition to law and policy of government. This book presents a theory of civil disobedience that draws on ideas associated with deliberative democracy. This book explores the ethics of civil disobedience in democratic societies. It revisits the theoretical literature on civil disobedience with a view to taking a fresh look at long-standing questions: When is civil disobedience a justified method of political protest? What role, if any, does it play in democratic politics? Is there a moral right to civil disobedience in a democratic society? And how should a democratic state respond to citizens who commit civil disobedience? The answers given to these questions add up to a coherent and distinctive theory of civil disobedience, which draws on ideas associated with deliberative democracy to forge an account that improves upon prominent approaches to this subject. Civil Disobedience and Deliberative Democracy will be of interest to students and scholars of contemporary political theory, political science, democratization studies, social movement studies, criminology, legal theory and moral philosophy.