ENDS AND MEANS

INDIVIDUAL CONSCIENCE AND THE LAW

  • Thoreau's defense of "Civil Disobedience"
    • we should be men first and subjects second: higher obligation to to follow our individual consciences than to obey the law
  • Discussion: law and ethics distinct
    • decisions about obeying the law are themselves moral decisions
    • doesn't follow that legality isn't morally relevant
      • some acts may be morally o.k. except for being illegal: taking a drink (during prohibition) or a toke (now)
      • but morally wrong given their illegality: running red lights
    • nor that it is: e.g. running red lights carefully at 4am

LAW AND ORDER

DEMOCRACY

CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE 

  • Mitigating factors: truly civil & nonviolent resistence
  • gospel according to Gandhi and Martin Luther Kind Jr.
    • not resisting law enforcement
      • \accepting the legal penalty for your actions
      • shows the sincerity of the protest and respect for the law
    • can be viewed not as a minority attempt to coerce the majority but to convince the majority
  • A.H.: "The first duty of the revolutionary is to get away with it." 

VIOLENCE