PoliSciJanuary 25

PoliSciJanuary 25 - January 25, 2008 Civil Disobedience...

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January 25, 2008 Civil Disobedience continued What Does Thoreau Want? Anarchy? He says “best government is no government” Revolutionary? He wants a “better government.” Why not the ballot? Use the system to work through problems? o “government in which majority rule in all cases is not justice.”  Duty to act overrides law. Clean hands (most advocated by Thoreau) o “the only obligation I have a right to assume is to do at any time  what I think is right.” Doesn’t call for violent revolution Thoreau shifts position When you see a wrong being committed, no not become  engaged in it as well. Hands should be as clean as  possible. Make sure you’re not doing evil. How do you avoid implication?: do not participate  in economy Contrast to MLK’s position. Licensing you to disobey laws you think are unjust.
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course POLY SCI 1 taught by Professor Digeser during the Winter '08 term at UCSB.

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PoliSciJanuary 25 - January 25, 2008 Civil Disobedience...

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