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Socrates, Thoreau, King & Zinn on Civil Disobedience

Socrates December 3rd, 2018

In Plato’s Crito, Socrates is shown to believe, essentially, that one should obey the laws of one’s city-state (Athens), even if in a particular case the law seems excessive, asinine, and/or immoral(i.e., not in keeping with a rationally acceptable view of moral justness and rightness) (in other words, laws that are unjust). Obedience to authority, whether to obey unjust laws, autonomy vs. group membership, and social contract theory are all relevant questions based on a modern and objective reading of Plato’s Crito. Further, these considerations have relevance to the question, Does Socrates have an obligation – legally and morally– to kill himself(i.e., choose not to escape after receiving a death sentence)? It is my contention that Socrates probably does not have a moral obligation to kill himself, though legally he probably does. After bringing in a few relevant theorists/philosophers, I will sketch a working theory on how to deal with obeying the law versus civil disobedience.

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Protesting, Organizing, & Nonviolent Direct Action

nonviolent direct action March 24th, 2018

Non-violent direct action is what persons as great as Henry David Thoreau, Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Howard Zinn, Noam Chomsky, and Cesar Chavez counsel as the main way to bring about social change. Indeed, protesting, collective action, organizing, struggle, and the like are key tools in the social justice arsenal. This blog is in commemoration of today’s stellar event that barnstormed Washington, D.C. — the March for Our Lives. I will share a few things, and include many quotes about non-violent direct action, protesting, organizing, social change, and struggle.

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Quotes About Struggle: Solidarity

quotes about struggle March 2nd, 2017

Struggle, protest, dissent, and organization is a big part of this country. Almost everything that the people have was worked hard for. We forget how much striking, sitting in, and agitating there was in times-past, in part because the powers that be want to tamp down on that kind of progressivism. That kind of lobbying for rights is not good for business, as it were. I want to extol the virtues of dedication, courage, and standing up for something. As Peter Marshall said, “Give to us clear vision that we may know where to stand and what to stand for — because unless we stand for something, we shall fall for anything.”

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