The idea of violence is a key difference when comparing X and King. King is known for his preaching of non-violent means of protest. He states: "We who engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive" (King 73). Here, Martin Luther King Jr. is inferring that violence is not necessary to convey a message or fight for what one believes, and that attaining justice isn 't limited to the act of violence.
One may say that these protests are unnecessary due to their insignificance towards the fact that Donald Trump is, and will, be the President of the United States in January. However, these are the very ideas which Martin Luther King Jr. and Henry Thoreau both denounced. We mustn’t look at the immediate outcome protests may cause, but the future outcomes they may cause. These protests will be looked upon in the future by historians, and they will be praised even more if Donald Trump’s presidency produces a negative outcome. Just how every vote in an election counts, such as the one the United States just experienced, every protester for a massive cause counts as
King writes to the eight clergymen who were critical of his protests and to the indifferent people of the United States. In the essay, he claims that he has done nothing wrong by protesting peacefully. In paragraph 11, King says “freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” He is saying that freedom is something they have to fight for because the authorities will not give it to them. He is directing this statement at the clergymen while reaching the apathetic people of the United States.
Thoreau and Gandhi have a similarity, they both were locked up in prison. The reason why Gandhi and Thoreau were locked up is because people thought it had to do something with the government. The government would see Gandhi and Thoreau as a threat to society, because they think both Gandhi and Thoreau is trying to overthrow the government. Gandhi’s writing happens before the protest begins, and Thoreau’s writing happens when he is in jail for not paying the poll tax. Another similarities with Gandhi and Thoreau is when they wrote their expressions against the laws.
There are a couple of different groups that want this; one of these is the people that identify as liberals. They believe that people should censor what they say so they do not offend other people or to get rid of racism (“Political correctness”). This would be fine if they didn 't want to take away all opposing opinions and not let people say what they want to say or do what they want to do. Another group that wants censorship is the people who want the government to have more power over its citizens. They want this so they can’t be stopped if they want to take all the power.
For example, if the president had all the power over everyone they would be able to do whatever they want and make laws that maybe no one agrees with. Next, if the power is divided and shared between people, then there will be a strong central government. John Madison presented this idea. When there is a strong central government then it means that the government would have a strong middle, which can guard against tyranny because it keeps the government successful and strong.
According to Document 2, the Constitution was not secure enough. The Constitution did not have restrictions put in place in order to prevent a political office from ruling for life. The possibilities of the U.S. government transforming into a monarchy were too high, making it ideal to not ratify the Constitution. Furthermore, the Constitution posed a threat to those less wealthy. Document 5 expressed the concerns of the people, stating, “These lawyers and men of learning, and monied men … make us poor illiterate people swallow down the pill”.
In the “ Letter from Birmingham Jail” king said “ I have been arrested on a charge of parading without a permit. Now, there is nothing wrong in having an ordinance when
The most obvious form of protection is the physical sort. With a social contract, a person acknowledges that they are giving up “absolute freedom”, which is the basic, natural freedom-- the kind where humans are free to murder, to to lie, to cheat, as humans are surely capable of such things if there is no respect for government. In giving this up, they secure protection from a higher power such as the military. The police are there to protect citizens from attackers, while the military is there to protect from foreign affairs. However, that being said, people still want the ability to have their own political liberties.
When a Monarchy runs out of supplies, they are going to seek for some supplies. Usually, instead of trading or waiting and figuring out if they can get the supplies, they declare war on somebody else. Also, when you rule under one person, pretty much all of the final decisions are made by the Monarch, which can lead to revolt and corruption, which also breaks peace in a Monarchy. Republics allow the citizens to make the decisions for the state, citizens vote for who they want to be head of state. With the feeling of freedom and right to have whatever job you want, citizens won’t want to revolt a lot, if at all.
The articles of confederation was written right after the revolutionary war was fought, however, the AOC failed, so they had to start all over with a new document called the constitution. 9 out of 13 colonies needed to ratify the new constitution for it to take effect. When it came to organize the government after the AOC, the people were divided on how the government should handle the fears of social, political, and economic fears which motivated the 2 parties, federalist and antifederalist. The federalists supported the new constitution, while the anti federalists were opposed. The political motivation for the federalists to support the ratification was they believed that a stronger government was necessary as the AOC had failed previously
Louis D. Brandis once said… “Our government teaches the whole people by its example. If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.” In our government, we get to vote on who we choose to represent us. One of the representatives we vote for is our president. Now, the United States president has a lot of power- he or she is able to veto legislation, make treaties, and command the armed forces, along with some other responsibilites as well.
A couple of these legal documents include: The Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights. These laws do not rid of racism completely because the people have the first amendment. Our freedom of speech allows people to voice their opinions, in written expression (including social Media) and of course verbally therefore, allowing racism to exist in society today. Additionally, the justice system needs to continue to discipline and/or incarcerate those who commit acts of racial injustice to make a statement to those who think they are better than their fellow
It also restricts the government 's use of troops and makes it illegal to station troops in people 's houses without their permission. It also allows militias because the founding fathers believed that the government needed to be kept in check by the people. The rest of the amendments keep the government from detaining Citizens for no reason and keeps them from convicting them under false
Peaceful Resistance The idea of a free society is an idea frequently used in philosophy and government. It depicts a system where individuals have the power to make decisions without a higher power or force preventing their views or actions. Within a free society, at the root of its existence, is the choice for anyone to resist the rules placed upon them because they are a free inhabitant. Specifically, peaceful resistance is a way for individuals to express their opinions by breaking a law in a way that will not place harm upon the other inhabitants that may or may not follow that same law.