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People have different morals, values and beliefs on certain issues but it is those few that take action who can testify why they would risk their freedom for what they believe. The act of civil disobedience is acted upon to draw public awareness and take a stand for what one believes. They must believe strongly enough to put their freedom on the line. Civil disobedience helped us learn from the past, question the present and improve the future. There are many people who have taken a stand and influenced others by using civil disobedience. People such as Rosa Parks, Thoreau, and the many more that won't be known by name stood up for their beliefs. Civil disobedience is a form of protest and
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Government exists to serve the people yet many of its practices are intolerable when viewed through one's conscience. Henry David Thoreau argues in his "Civil Disobedience" that an individual should exercise his right to revolt against unjust laws and should abide by the rules of his conscience. Through the use of rhetorical strategies and a logical argument, Thoreau appeals to the individual, urging him to rise against unfair laws and stand up for the universal right. Thoreau constructs his argument to stress the importance of an individual's ethics and morals, while ridiculing government and those who support it.Thoreau expresses his disdain toward unfair government by providing logical
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Civil disobedience is the act of disobeying the law on the grounds of political principle without using violence. People decide to use civil disobedience as a means of getting into court in hopes of changing any laws they feel are unconstitutional and unjust. Henry David Thoreau believed "People living in a democracy have the right to disobey any law they believe is unjust." Martin Luther King Jr. said, "We are American citizens. We are not here to advocate violence, the only weapon we have is the weaopon of protest, and the great glory of America should be free to express their opinions." President Kennedy on the other hand states, "defiance of the law leads to the road of tyranny and
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"Letter From a Birmingham Jail" by Martin Luther King, Jr. and Henry David Thoreau's "Civil Disobedience" both display their authors' views on justice in their respective periods of time. King believes that one has the right to break a law that is morally unjust. Thoreau has a rather radical approach to the subject in that he believes when a government becomes unjust, it is the right and duty of the people to refuse participation in it. He also makes it clear that a major weakness in the democratic government is that its power comes from the majority because they are the strongest, not because they hold the most legitimate viewpoint. Both essays argue for justice in an unjust world using
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Critical Paper 1.
March 6th, 2019
In the essay “Civil Disobedience”, philosopher David Thoreau voices his opinions on what he thinks is wrong with the American government and the roles its citizens need to play to see the change they desire. Being viewed as a “radical individual” and a “transcendentalist”, Thoreau prided himself on idealism over materialism, meaning that he believed in the practice of forming and pursuing ideas which could sometimes be unrealistic in opposition to material possessions and physical comfort, which points to fact that he urges citizens to be resistant to government laws. In addition, his
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The topic I have chosen to discuss is as follows: Examine the assumption, made in the Crito, that "one should never do wrong in return, nor injure any person, whatever injury one has suffered at his hands" within the context of civil disobedience. I will show how civil disobedience must incorporate pointing out the weaknesses of society, while showing respect for the rest of society and its authorities.Civil disobedience is disobeying the unjust rules of society in a nonviolent way to create tension and raise consciousness. A civil disobedient is a person who feels strongly about a certain part of society as being corrupt. They will act upon these feelings by protesting, boycotting
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Ameris potter (I pledge)
21 February 2018
Chris McCandless, A True Transcendentalist.
Transcendentalism is a system developed by Immanuel Kant, based on the idea that, in
order to understand the nature of reality, one must first examine and analyze the
reasoning process that governs the nature of experience. The System has many beliefs
that are held to be true for the people who follow such as self-reliance, confidence,
nonconformity, civil disobedience, the importance of nature, intuition over reason and
living a simple life. These beliefs are called the tenets of transcendentalism. Some
people say that Chris McCandless was just a crazy man who went off into the alaskan
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. King was all about helping America move towards a desegregated future. He had zeal towards annihilating all unjust laws which he stated to be "a code inflicted upon a minority which that minority had no part in enacting or creating... (para. 4)," but for the most part he had an overall respect for the government.In conclusion, it's safe to say that other than race and motive Henry David Thoreau and Martin Luther King Jr. were pretty similar. They both were men of their own opinion that could be classified as moralized radicals. As spokesmen of their time they were both good at what they did. Through the form of speeches, protest, letters, and etcetera they both exemplified "Civil Disobedience (Thoreau)."Thoreau, Henry D. Civil Disobedience. New York: Barnes & Noble Books, 1849. 263-287.King Jr., Dr. Martin L. "Letter from Birmingham City Jail." 16 Apr.-May 1963. Birmingham: Charles Moore, 1963. 1.
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awareness of the youth within Greek society.
1b. However, King and Socrates differ in the outcomes of their civil disobedience. King is willing to go to jail for his civil disobedience because he has the backdrop of Christianity, the Constitution, and the Declaration of Independence supporting his arguments. In the Crito, Socrates conforms as a result of his civil disobedience and accepts death. This acts as his punishment but also as an effort to keep peace with the society from which he was allowed to thrive in. Socrates doesn’t have a concrete backdrop for his civil disobedience because he only has his thoughts. Also, King is different from Socrates in the sense that when questioning the just
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David Thoreau short essays that have influenced McCandless daily life such as: “Civil Disobedience,” “Walking,” and “Life Without Principles.” Thoreau’s short essay has many connections to Christopher McCandless life such as the concept of being free, living a non-materialistic life, resistance to the government, and being one with nature. Just like everyone else, McCandless has gone through some substantial ideological and philosophical changes inspired by Thoreau that effected McCandless ways of living and choices that he made.
The first and foremost idea that influenced McCandless by Thoreau was the idea of being able to leave everyone and everything behind to go out into the wild. Thoreau
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Indians in nation began to fall apart, because the strict British ruling restricted the Indians to
perform against the salt taxes. The Salt March was a way that Gandhi sought to inspire a strong
uniformity in the minds of the many. These Indians soon adapted to Gandhi’s nonviolent belief
and became known as the satyagrahis, who were advocates of the “satyagraha” movement. This
term satyagraha, “meaning ‘truth force’ or ‘truth love’…can be defined as civil disobedience,
passive resistance, or nonviolent cooperation” (Todd 41). Gandhi believed that if the Satyagrahis
maintained a strong posture, then satyagraha would become even more effective.
Unfortunately, after the trip to Dandi, Gandhi was
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the turn of the century approaches. Now a new formof racism, covert racism, has recently sprung from the pressures ofpolitical correctness. This new form of racism, although slowly declining,still shows signs of strong support (Piazza 86). Covert racism assumes aform of civil disobedience against politically correct thought and speech.Essentially, covert racism is a 'hidden' racism, or a racism not easilydetected (Piazza 78). 'Racism is still strongly prevalent in today'ssociety' (Gudorf 3).The three different basic forms of racism, open racism, violent racism,and covert racism all express forms of hatred towards distinct ethnicgroups (Bender 47). These basic forms of racism, although
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Americans. This represents the narrators as savages themselves because they see a lifestyle different then theirs and calls it savage.
In Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience” he rationalizes his call for breaking the law because he felt that government was unjust and got away with so much because of the power they had over mainly blacks but poor whites also. The government abused and perverted their power and he thought what he was doing was right because he used the same method as the government and said “if I believe it, it can happen” Thoreau mentions “I cannot for an instant recognize that political organization as my government which is the slave’s government also” (Thoreau 903
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Cold War Study Guide
1. Why did many European colonies gain independence after WW2? Because the British
empire had gone bankrupt.
2. What types of protest did Gandhi preach? Non violent protest for equality.
3. What is civil disobedience? Refusal to Obey unjust laws.
4. Describe the Amritsar massacre. Not on test.
5. What two nations were formed after India gained its independence? India and Pakistan
6. How did Gandhi’s actions affect the people in the US? He made protests to stop the war
and spread peace.
7. Which political group won power after WW2? Who led this group? Omit 1-7
8. What was established in 1949? Israel
9. Where did the losers in China flee following Zedong’s rise
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are "endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights" was a bold assumption for Jefferson to make, considering that at that time the residents of the Thirteen Colonies were Puritans. Even though he was already a well-respected man, he used this approach to establish his credibility, since at that time there was no separation of church and state. Martin Luther King, Jr. took this technique one step further by including biblical and historical references throughout his speech. He compared his quest to those of the Apostle Paul and Socrates, he compared his civil disobedience to that of the early Christians who were willing to face excruciating pain before they would submit to
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government refuses to remedy. This depicts a major flaw in Paines argument and this countrys so-called reality. Some argue that our government is set up so "riots and tumults are unnecessary. However, in Wisconsin in 2011, Governor Walker removed the teacher union's right to collective bargaining. This almost dictatorial control provoked large protests because some felt that this was something "to render them wretched". Henry David Thoreau suggested in his essay, On the Duty of Civil Disobedience, that there is a time and place to challenge the government. But, challenging the government in this manner wouldn't be necessary in Paine's illusive visionary America. Even in todays real America
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Mr. Epstein/Miss Swanson
English 2 Honors
5 December 2018
Embedded Assessment 2: Antigone
Martial artist and founder of the Japanese martial art of aikido Morihei Ueshiba once
quoted,” Loyalty and devotion lead to bravery. Bravery leads to the spirit of self-sacrifice. The
spirit of self-sacrifice creates trust in the power of love.” Antigone is a tragedy by the ancient
Greek playwright Sophocles, written around 442 BCE. The action of Antigone” follows on from
the Theban civil war, in which the two brothers, Eteocles and Polynices, died fighting each other
for the throne of Thebes. Creon, the new ruler of Thebes, has declared that Eteocles is to be
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segregation and the need for some occasional civil disobedience. Throughout his letter, he defends his reasons for equality by making comparisons of actual events and views of other people as well.
The most effective aspect of his letter is his attitude and presentation of his argument in a non-attacking format. For example, he starts out his letter by addressing them, “my dear fellow clergymen.” Immediately, this goes to show that Dr. King is a better man than the clergy because he did not try to make his message indirect such as the clergy did, but rather addressed them in an inviting, non-threatening way. The beginning of his letter also establishes his reputation and knowledge of Biblical
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where a 51% majority is unlikely or unobtainable. (i. e. Starbucks Union) Social Movement Unionism: The notion that unions should strive to become social movements themselves, not just form coalitions with movements. This would mean both borrowing social movement tactics including direct action and civil disobedience and dismantling stale union bureaucracies in favor of agile, nimble social movement-style organizations. (i. e. Occupy Oakland port strike campaign) Validation of Unwaged Labor: The recognition that activities not conventionally perceived as labor (such as carework) contribute to social reproduction and should be compensated (i. e. Wages for Housework or state contributions to
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on experiencing life, it becomes immensely crucial that we start seeing
these challenges as they are. Learning this art will allow you to unlock the door to who you are,
and the negative impacts of life will no longer keep you from achieving your full potential.
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