Non violent civil disobedience is an act of protest where individuals refuse to comply with a particular law or regulation to express their opposition to it without resorting to violence. While civil disobedience may involve various degrees of non-compliance, it typically aims to challenge and change laws or policies that are perceived as unjust. This method of protest has been used throughout history by various civil rights movements, including those advocating for women's suffrage, racial equality, and LGBTQ+ rights, among others. Michele Moody-Adams is right in her assertion that non-violent civil disobedience perfectly embodies the spirit of compromise. One of her arguments is that non-violent civil disobedience is an act of compromise …show more content…
One potential problem with civil disobedience is that it can lead to a breakdown of the rule of law. If individuals or groups are allowed to disobey the law with impunity, it can erode public confidence in the legal system and create a more chaotic culture. Furthermore, some detractors view civil disobedience as an elitist strategy that only benefits those with the resources and social capital to engage in it. This can lead to a situation where the most marginalized members of society are excluded from the political process leading to a “tyranny of the …show more content…
Candice Delmas defends the use of uncivil disobedience, which involves breaking the law in a way that is “disruptive, confrontational, and potentially violent.” (Delmas 19) Delmas argues that uncivil disobedience is justified in situations where the law is unjust, oppressive, or illegitimate, and where other forms of resistance have failed to bring about change. She also emphasizes the importance of accountability and responsibility in engaging in uncivil disobedience, and argues that those who engage in it must be willing to accept the consequences of their actions. I am not arguing that violent civil disobedience may be justified in times when it is absolutely necessary. Rebellion is after all what led to the creation of the United States. However, this simply could not embody the “spirit of compromise” because by acting violently one is asserting that compromise is off the table and what the actor wants is more important than what the effected party wants. Violent civil disobedience is an act of desperation that is sometimes necessary but could not fall under the compromise
Civil disobedience is a very strong term used to describe situations in which people are standing up for what they believe in and going against authority. When the word disobedience is used, it is automatically thought of as a negative scenario. Not all civil disobedience situations are bad. For example, in Antigone by Sophocles, Antigone shows civil disobedience when she stands up to Creon so her brother can have a proper burial. From Creon’s view, Antigone was being extremely disobedient to him, but from Antigone and the town’s view, Antigone was standing up for what she believed in and knew was right.
In a free society, civil disobedience is used to nonviolently protest laws against injustices to create positive change. Change is accomplished with the best intention and through nonviolent
I consider civil disobedience to be an easily-ignored pillar upon which our democracy was founded. In fact we are only established as a nation now because our founding fathers engaged in civil disobedience themselves. We were in a “social contract” of sorts with Great Britain and when we felt that they had not upheld their part of the contract (they did not allow us to create courts to maintain order, or to create a navy to defend ourselves, or to sustain our economy due to an inability to trade with any other countries), Thomas Jefferson concluded that it was our not only our right, but also our duty to break away. And it was Thomas Jefferson that combined all of the works of the great thinkers before him such as Thomas Hobbes, John Locke
In a country as abstract and diverse as the United States, many decide to be unique individuals and go against the natural way of a citizen. We know these acts as Civil Disobedience. In the many acts of Civil Disobedience, people go against the basic laws of their country peacefully and accept the consequences for the actions that they commit. Civil Disobedience is strongly frowned upon and negatively impacts a free society because it tells people that they can deliberately break the laws that make us the United States of America, it gives a great hindrance to the many citizens trying to live freely by following the rules, and it could start a mini revolt on the country. Civil disobedience tells people that they can absentmindedly break the
Civil disobedience against unjust laws established in our society is not done to cause chaos, but to promote equality amongst everyone in society and for the greater good. For example, in the 20th century, people took part in the Civil Rights movement where they protested against segregation, discrimination, and disenfranchisement that the government legalized. As a result of their efforts, the government passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, prohibiting discrimination against a person based on their race, color, national origin, religion, and sex, resulting in greater equality for minorities. Due to the Civil Rights Act, it encouraged people with different identities and cultures to come together and exchange ideas, values, and beliefs with one another, and it ultimately moved society forward. In addition, Rosa Parks was a civil rights activist that was arrested because she refused to give up her seat to a white man on a bus.
Civil Disobedience In the dictionary civil disobedience is the refusal to comply with certain laws or to pay taxes and fines, as a peaceful form of political protest, but Thoreau and Martin Luther King have their own beliefs to civil disobedience. In Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience” he writes about the need to prioritize one’s conscience over the dictates of laws. Martin Luther King uses civil disobedience as something that effectuates change in the government. Both Thoreau and Martin Luther King has similar yet different perspectives on civil disobedience.
Civil disobedience is nonviolent resistance to a government’s law in seek of change. Civil disobedience is an effective way to bring about change because it is a harmless way of fighting an unjust law or idea, it can educate people about the cause, and it has been successful many times in history. First and foremost, civil disobedience is
Herbert J. Storing, an Associate Professor of Political Science, in “The Case Against Civil Disobedience,” writes, “One of the practical consequences of this institution [civil disobedience] is to divert disobedience and even revolution into the channel of law” (97). What Storing is saying is that civil disobedience will encourage people to break the laws and they will hide under civil disobedience to avoid the law. Also, civil disobedience might split society by creating disagreements with the people, and it could create a political instability. However, Storing fails to see that those who break an unjust law, as discussed above, do not avoid the law, in fact they show respect to the law as they willingly accept the consequences. By accepting the consequences, they show that they are not acting for their own interests but for society’s.
Civil Disobedience is when a person or group protest a law that they find morally wrong. The person is usually peaceful and will accept whatever consequence arise due to breaking the law. (Suber). People use civil disobedience to draw attention to the laws they find morally wrong and to get laws changed (Starr). To understand Claudette Colvins’ role in civil disobedience, one must first have knowledge of
Some wonder what Civil Disobedience is and what it is all about. Civil Disobedience is an effective, selfacknowledged denial to obey certain laws, requirements and orders of the government or an occupying worldwide power. Around in 1846 a man named Henry David Thoreau wrote an essay over Civil Disobedience. He wrote this while he sent the night in jail because he had failed to pay 6 years worth of delinquent poll taxes(Resistance to Civil Government) . He would bicker with the people saying he couldn’t pay the funds that helped to assist the US government 's war with Mexico, nor could he pay a government that still allowed slavery in its Southern states.
Although laws are put in place to protect the citizens on which it is enforced, no system of government is perfect. There are times in which laws are passed that have a controversial effect on society, be it the segregation of race or religion, or the NSA spying on US citizens. Based on this, it can be concluded that civil disobedience is a peaceful way to express the unjustness of a law in hopes of change. Rosa Parks is an excellent example of civil disobedience having a positive impact on society. After peacefully violating the Jim Crow law that enforced segregation, Parks was arrested in order to raise discourse on the treatment of African Americans in American society.
A society where dissent is met with violence, and those in power are not held accountable for their actions. This was the reality during the Civil Rights Movement, where individuals were hit with brutal force for standing up against oppressive laws. However, by using peaceful resistance and civil disobedience, change was made. Through its ability to challenge and promote change, foster personal beliefs, and hold those in power accountable, civil disobedience is a vital tool for the preservation of a just society.
Breitenbach says, “Creating a new law would be set up in a way that would not affect the others because the law/laws would replace any laws that would disagree or counteract it.” The changes made by civil disobedience will not get in the way of other laws already set in place by the government because new laws will replace any laws that disagree with it. As described in five pros and cons of Civil Disobedience, “Those who are participants and leaders in civil disobedience campaigns seek to change the worldview of those involved in the conflict so that the conditions that led to the conflict do not recur.” The people that lead the protests in any country are there to seek change in communities. They are also there to make sure that the conditions that led up to that protest will not happen
If American people in the past had not participated in peaceful resistance, the United States would not be the same nation as it is today. Many people argue that because the United States took so long to be created, public defiance to laws should not be encouraged. However, civil disobedience to laws often positively affects the free society in many ways. Not only has this changed the United States in the past, but even now allows for people to peacefully protest for what they think is right. Civil disobedience encourages the voice of the people to be heard: for it to be acted upon.