Civil Disobedience Dbq Essay

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"If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so."-Socrates. Peaceful resistance to laws positively impacts a free society because the society is not free unless it's able to check the government. As long as the protest of the law remains peaceful it is a good thing. It is the public telling the government that they will not let them gain to much power and crush their human rights. The government and its laws are in place to protect the countries citizens.However, we still need to make sure that the people in power don't abuse it."The government itself, which is only the mode which the people have chosen to execute their will, is equally liable to be abused and perverted before the people can act through it,"(Source 1). The government needs to be checked every now and again or else it will be abused. " In the 1960s, the U.S. was in desperate need for soldiers to go to Vietnam to fight for the country. They decided to make a system where 18-year-old guys were automatically put in a drawing to see who would go and fight for the country. The draft struck controversy among the public. "From the moment he [Muhammad Ali] learned of his induction, Ali stood firmly in the proud tradition of civil disobedience, saying 'just take me…show more content…
For example, Edward Snowden exposed the National Security Agency for eavesdropping on Americans and people around the world, despite the possibility of being arrested and charged with heavy crimes. " So, what did the leaks tell us? First, they confirmed that the U.S. government, without obtaining any court warrants, routinely collects the phone logs of tens of millions, perhaps hundreds of millions, of Americans, who have no links to terrorism whatsoever,"(Source 3). The question is who is truly at fault? The government for doing that or Snowden for ratting them out to the public about
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