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Shutdowns and Civil Disobedience

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“If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law” 
― Henry David Thoreau

“If you’re not going to use your free speech to criticize your own government, then what the hell is the point of having it?” 
― Michel Templet

“No tyranny is more cruel than the one practiced in the shadow of the laws and under color of justice” – Montesquieu

“If patriotism were defined, not as blind obedience to government, not as submissive worship to flags and anthems, but rather as love of one’s country, one’s fellow citizens (all over the world), as loyalty to the principles of justice and democracy, then patriotism would require us to disobey our government, when it violated those principles.”  – Howard Zinn

“An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law”  – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 “Unjust laws exist; shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once?” ― Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience and Other Essays

When the representative body have lost the confidence of their constituents, when they have notoriously made sale of their most valuable rights, when they have assumed to themselves powers which the people never put into their hands, then indeed their continuing in office becomes dangerous to the state, and calls for an exercise of the power of dissolution.” – Thomas Jefferson

Written by Chris

October 27th, 2013 at 7:02 pm

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