Tuesday, April 26, 2016

4/26 Civil disobedience

In general should people follow the law?  Why or why not?  Would you ever commit civil disobedience?  Why? Or why not?  What would it take for you to consider breaking the law?  To what degree would the punishment influence your decision?  To what degree would the issue you are concerned about influence your decision?

16 comments:

WarrenPeace said...

People should follow the law in order to maintain a civil society. But, I would commit civil disobedience if the law interfered with my rights or if the law was very controversial and I had strong feelings toward it. If it was my rights that were being deprived I would have no choice but to act. If it were my friends rights who were being deprived I would still have to act. A controversial law may not affect me as much but, it depends on how controversial that law is. I am not afraid of punishments if I think what i'm doing is right. If I know I would regret not taking action then I immediately would.

Ethan said...

In general people should follow the law because the law is there to help our society. The law may be broken if the law is not wanted by the people who live where the law is enforced. I would commit civil disobedience if something I believed in was put against the law. I would only break the law if the issue that I was against or for was something that was enough to hurt me or the people around me. Depending on the issue would determine how far I would be willing to go for an issue, if the punishment was small, such as a petty crime, I would do it for civil disobedience. It really depends on the issue in the end and who it affects.

alex said...

Understanding something enough to try and make a difference in what I believe in, then facing the consequences of those actions. For the right cause and the right motivation I would face the government for the views that I believe in and I think that if enough came to stand by me through the actions that follow it could make a mark on change and start something that will hopefully change it for the better.

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Aaron T said...

In general people should follow the law because laws are meant to benefit the state and the state generally gives protection from invasion. I would not commit civil disobedience because I'm only one person and there are plenty of people to do the job for me. I'd avoid the trouble of getting arrested or punished to make life easier. It would take an unfair government to make me consider civil disobedience. The punishment would have a major impact on my decision. The issue I am concerned about would make a major impact on my decision.

alex said...

Oh and yes If I did have a great believe I would break the law for it. It has crossed my mind many times but motivation is a hard thing to come by.

Mohamed H said...

I think you should follow laws for the most part, I would commit civil disobedience if it was for something that really affected me or it was something I cared about. The punishment would be a large factor that would decide if I should commit civil disobedience. The smaller the punishment the more likely I would take part in civil disobedience and the higher the chance I would continue to do it after I was released.

Rylee_D said...

I think in general people should follow the law because I believe certain rules are put there for a reason. At the same time though I think it should be tested because not everything is correct. I would commit civil disobedience if something I strongly believe in was not reflected in any laws that I think should be. I would break the law if I believe something was wrong with it to begin with. If the law was in my mind corrupt then I would probably break it. I break the law everyday by speeding and I'm not too worried about the consequences. I have protested before knowing that I could get in trouble but I did it cause it was something I believed in. If the punishment is way to severe like jail, or death, I would think on it more whether or not I would want to break it. If I strongly believe something is wrong then I will protest it and break the law.

SaleciaB said...

People should follow the law when the law seeks real and actual rights and protection. People should not follows rooted in shallow righteous, racism, sexism, ableism, transphobia, homophobia, and any other kind of xenophobia that exists. I would commit civil disobedience at any time in which my government creates laws that are harmful to myself or my community but also when the government fails to act justly or withholds truth, justice, or any civil and/or human rights. I would do so because to me, a room full of men and women that have no heaven or hell to sen me to don't get to make harmful and ignorant decisions about me or my livelihood without my consent. In order for me to break the law, it needs only to be a law that endangers my or my neighbors existence or rights. However, for my mom's sake while I'm still living in her house, the degree to which I can take certain punishments is far less than I would naturally withstand on my own. I would go very far to make sure my people are okay. The issues that I'm concerned enough with to be civilly disobedient are pretty extreme considering that often times allowing these laws to go untested result in death for those these laws were not created for.

Jeeeeeerreeeemiahhhhhhhhhhhhhh said...

I believe that laws were made for the purpose of protecting people who otherwise couldnt do themselves. Laws are created by people however and just like people some laws can be bad and no sense as we have seen in the past. But you shouldn't just break laws for no reason so you must follow them in order to keep society functioning in unsion. But i believe you can commit civil disobedience when the law is unjust in order to get it changed into something better or in order to get rid of it. Civil disobedience's purpose is to make the government realize thier mistakes and fix them. I would commit civil disobedience regardless of the repercussions if the law wasnt fair to no just me but to a majority of people

Zarathustra said...

-People should follow the law.
-Following the law keeps things stable.
-I wouldn't commit to civil disobedience unless it was over something serious and blatantly unfair.
-I would break a law if said law went against something in the constitution (IE, unreasonable restrictions on free speech)
-For a punishment to dissuade me from defending free speech and expression, it would have to be a pretty grim one (IE, a painful death, or being forced to listen to Nickleback, both of which are synonymous)
-Free speech is something I would always stand by. Hopefully I wouldn't change my mind if a federal agent was pulling my teeth out with pliers in a government internment camp.

Eno said...

Yes I think everyone should follow the law, without it the world would be a chaotic place. Since everyone's idea of justice and ethics is different, laws provide a standard of a moral guideline to follow. They also usually help keep stability and safety in a community. However, there times where the law may go against basic human rights. In such cases, I think civil disobedience is needed and I would partake in it. Liberty, justice, and the pursuit of happiness is the right of all people. Although, my decision to partake in civil disobedience may be swayed by the possibility of me being executed or killed. However, in the case where my rights are being so belittled and are completely non-existent as a human being I would not like living that way at all. So if the state of nature is as bad as being a slave, then I would not mind dying for what I believe in.

Wyatt said...

In general yes people should follow the law to keep order and peace but if I needed to I would commit civil disobedience for the right cause. The punishment for whatever my action may be won't influence my actions if it's for something I believe in.

Leela said...

In general, people should always follow the law. Laws are put in place for a reason to keep order and keep people safe. I most likely wouldn't commit civil disobedience unless I had to for some reason. If I were to commit civil disobedience I would only do it if there was some large unjust law in place. If there would be a big punishment then I most likely wouldn't partake in anything. If the issue was something close to my heart like personal rights for people than I would be more swayed to partake in civil disobedience activities.

hspringer said...

I think for most things people should follow the law. In certain cases, people need to break the law to prove a point I believe. Laws are put in place for a reason, to protect people and help them. Laws should only be broken if they are proving an important point or if someone wants to change a law. I would commit civil disobedience if I felt I needed to to prove a point that I cared about or if someone I loved was harmed.

Lucas said...

In general you should follow the law because a community needs order so that it does not plunge into chaos. I would be willing to commit civil disobedience as long as the punishment wasn't to harsh and it would only be connected to the situation I was protesting. I would only participate in civil disobedience if there was a great inequality in society that I was highly against and felt was morally wrong. I would not partake in civil disobedience if the outcome was me being thrown in jail. The punishment would greatly impact my decision to partake in civil disobedience. The amount of how I am affected by the issue would determine how much I would act in the movement.