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NEG Resolved: Civil disobedience in a democracy is morally justified. All men who can effect each other reciprocally should be under the purview of a legislative influence binding to all.” -Immanuel Kant Value: Justice 1AC) Because I agree that obeisance to law is necessary to the safety and stability of society, I must negate the following resolution: Civil disobedience is justified in a democracy. In order to clarify the resolution, the negative offers the following counter-definitions: Civil disobedience: non-violent, public, political act, contrary to the law committed with the aim of bringing about a change in the government’s laws or policies (John Rawls) Justified : rightness concerning fairness and due treatment (American Heritage) Democracy : government by the people, either exercised directly or through representatives (American Heritage) The value premise of today’s debate is one of Justice, defined by Lucilius A. Emery as “the equilibrium between the full freedoms of the individual and the restrictions thereon necessary for the safety of society.” This equilibrium is best achieved when moral law is upheld because morality considers both the individual and the society, which leads the negative to the determining criterion of the Categorical Imperative, a three-pronged system of ethics derived by Immanuel Kant. It will be explained in greater detail throughout the negative case.
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