Does peaceful resistance to laws positively impact a free society?

Does civil disobedience work? Is it productive to uphold a free society? From Thomas Jefferson to Rosa Parks to Daniel Ellsberg. All committed acts of civil disobedience, all very different cases. Some say that civil disobedience keeps an unjust government in check. Others say it destroys a civil society and shows defiance for law and order. What do you think? Does peaceful resistance to laws positively impact a free society?

 

Point: Civil Disobedience- Henry David Thoreau

Counterpoint: Is It Right to Break the Law?- Charles Frankel

Current Standings:
Yes: 92%
No: 8%
  • Nickolas from Pennsylvania

    In order for society to change, there needs to be resistance. The ideal type is peaceful as it prevents bloodshed, obviously. This has been going on for centuries. In the 16th century, Martin Luther helped to inspire religious freedom from the corrupt oppressive Catholic church of the time by writing his complaints in his ’95 Theses’. In the early 20th century, Mahatma Gandhi led the peaceful resistance to liberate India from the English rule. Then in the mid 20th century, Martin Luther King Junior played a prominent role in the Civil Rights Movement to equalize the United States. All of the above used peaceful and noncombatant resistance to positively impact the world.

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    In order for society to change, there needs to be resistance. The ideal type is peaceful as it prevents bloodshed, obviously. This has been going on f…

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    • caleb from Kansas

      I believe that people should not stand silent when their rights are being threatened. when this country was founded, they stated that people should be able to object to and overthrow the government if it becomes necessary. honestly, i believe we should now because the government is beginning to restrict our rights as the free people of the greatest country on the planet

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      I believe that people should not stand silent when their rights are being threatened. when this country was founded, they stated that people should be…

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    • David from West Virginia

      Without reading your comment, I also immediately thought of Martin Luther and Martin Luther King, Jr.! Great minds think alike, I suppose!

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  • Josh from Florida

    Civil disobedience can be useful if done in a responsible manner. Recent actions of the BLM movement have been dangerous and irresponsible. Blocking major roadways, trapping people inside of vehicles and destroying businesses are unacceptable.

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    Civil disobedience can be useful if done in a responsible manner. Recent actions of the BLM movement have been dangerous and irresponsible. Blocking m…

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  • Nicole from Texas

    they encourage positivity

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  • kayla from Florida

    It was Henry David Thoreau who once said Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. In reference to civil disobedience, he was correct. In order to achieve a free society all individuals must be given the equal freedom, and opportunity to pursuit their own goals, as long as they do not infringe on the rights of others to do the same. When a law hinders this ultimate purpose, society losses the essence of freedom, and creates a type of slavery due to injustice. All people have a moral obligation end injustice, and peaceful resistance to injust laws creates a movement for change that has a positive impact on society.
    All human DNA is 99.9% identical, with nothing but a 0.1% difference. Biological science shows us we have a common thread of humanity, one that ties every one of us together. So when society is injust to one individual, we all must stop, and wonder, what would it take for that same injustice to occur to us. Dr. Martin Luther King .Jr, in his letter from Birmingham jail displays this point as He Explains to men of the clergy his reasoning behind his civil disobedience, he states, that he could not sit idly by in Atlanta, while people suffer through the injustice in Baltimore. This common thread of humanity should drive us all to feel the same about injustice in any area of the world. It gives us the moral obligation to fight against injustice, and for human rights. This in itself is ideal in a free society.
    “History repeats itself”. Time after time this famous proverb, fist spoken by has been understood to have a negative connotation, but in a way it also has a positive tone. Throughout history we have acts of civil disobedience have helped changed society for the better. For example Rose Park’s refusal to give up her seat, helped change society, by first identifying the problem, injustice and inequality. Then, through the media such as tv, and news paper articles people became more aware of the inequality in society, and through reflecting came to notice that the incident is in fact injust. As a result of this act of disobedience public busses are no longer segregated. Another example would be the salt march where Gandhi used Civil disobedience and other forms of peaceful protest to help remove salt tax laws set on Indians by the British colonials. A common trend among civil disobedience is they all help stop injustice, and lead to a free society.
    In conclusion, Civil disobedience is to positive change, as wings are to birds. In essence In just like a bird can not fly without its wings, positive change can not occur without civil disobedience. And as Dr.Martin Luther king once said, One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws, Because we all share the thread of humanity if one person is affected by injustice all are at risk of being, and because by nature all people want to avoid pain and injustice, we should all strive to reduce injustice.

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    It was Henry David Thoreau who once said Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. In reference to civil disobedience, he was correct. In orde…

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  • Anna from New Mexico

    I believe that civil disobedience does work. It is the voice of the people and we have a right to be heard. The First Amendment states the we have the right to speak, petiton, and the right to peacefully assemble.

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    I believe that civil disobedience does work. It is the voice of the people and we have a right to be heard. The First Amendment states the we have the…

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  • rose from Alabama

    it is an un just gov

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  • Maya from Virginia

    Civil disobedience is effective and it shows how the first amendment works in favor of the people. The United States has a government of the people, for the people, and by the people. Peaceful resistance to laws is a depiction of how the people can express their views.

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    Civil disobedience is effective and it shows how the first amendment works in favor of the people. The United States has a government of the people, f…

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  • joyeuse from Texas

    yes because no one gets hurt and it not messy

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  • Faith from North Carolina

    Change will not occur without people to make the change. Idly sitting around will not make anything happen. Be the change you want to see in the world, and the rest will fall into place.

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    Change will not occur without people to make the change. Idly sitting around will not make anything happen. Be the change you want to see in the world…

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  • Sina from Virginia

    All committed acts of civil disobedience are all very different cases. Some say the civil disobedience keeps an unjust government in check. Others say it destroys a civil society and shows defiance for law and order. I believe peaceful resistance to laws positively impacts society. Rosa Parks had suffered the consequences for women’s rights by sitting in the front of the bus with men and refusing to get up for a man that wanted to sit in her seat. By doing this she had gone to jail and served consequences. In the end women were able to fight and gain their rights. Disobedience keeps the government in check with what is going on in the country and what they need to be aware and concerned about to keep the country as equal as possible.

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    All committed acts of civil disobedience are all very different cases. Some say the civil disobedience keeps an unjust government in check. Others say…

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  • Havyn from California

    yes

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  • Betty from Indiana

    It brings the country to how it is today.

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  • amanda from Alabama

    yes

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  • lindsay from New Mexico

    I think in many cases there has been many shone and supported facts that it has been proved to help.

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  • y from Ohio

    no

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  • Jannie from Texas

    Civil disobedience does no harm to society all it does is allow the government to keep themselves in line. There is no known harm in civil disobedience the only reason why there has been harm is due to the government taking things out of proportion and causing those to fight against them. All civil disobedience does is spread the word of the injustices that the government causes and tries to push.

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    Civil disobedience does no harm to society all it does is allow the government to keep themselves in line. There is no known harm in civil disobedienc…

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  • DatBio from Texas

    yeyeyeyeye

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  • Brandon from Kansas

    Peaceful and violent protest have both had significant, positive impacts on unjust laws that we’ve had in The United States. At no time in our history have apathy and indifference been the solution to unjust laws. Also, if someone were to go through the legislative process, the government could make it increasingly difficult to oppose laws, but the government has no control on personal conscience or personal integrity.

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    Peaceful and violent protest have both had significant, positive impacts on unjust laws that we’ve had in The United States. At no time in our history…

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  • Tony from Kansas

    Yes, I believe that the people should stand up for their rights even if they are not yours personally but a law that is unjust should not be dealt with. A peaceful protest is good now and then but when you start to riot in the street and kill each other there is were a line needs to be drawn. If the government passes a law saying that only women can buy guns and ammunition you bet there will be some hell to pay. But if we go about it the right way the government might be more inclined to change the law.

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    Yes, I believe that the people should stand up for their rights even if they are not yours personally but a law that is unjust should not be dealt wit…

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  • Batoul from New York

    In America, citizens’ needs must be heard; in order for those needs to be heard, however, change must be conducted. For, the government/authority will not hear if change is not done to get their attention. However, this is to a certain extent.

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    In America, citizens’ needs must be heard; in order for those needs to be heard, however, change must be conducted. For, the government/authority will…

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  • Macie from Kansas

    Our Constitution allows for free speech and the right to protest peacefully. By not expressing our views, as a country we cannot make progress. In order to change ideals that we do not believe in, someone must take the first step. If that first step is to challenge an existing law it should be encouraged, as long as it takes a peaceful approach.

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    Our Constitution allows for free speech and the right to protest peacefully. By not expressing our views, as a country we cannot make progress. In ord…

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  • cole from Kansas

    It does if people can work together, and be able to cooperate. Only then does it positively impact a free society.

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  • Chase from Kansas

    It is our job as the people of Merica to speak out against something we don’t believe in. Our Constitution grants us the freedom to protest peacefully. Laws can be just as oppressive as a tyrant. For example, Jim Crow Laws oppressed blacks for a long time and they did so unrightfully. It is sometimes necessary to break the law to change the law.

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    It is our job as the people of Merica to speak out against something we don’t believe in. Our Constitution grants us the freedom to protest peacefu…

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  • Brandy from Kansas

    Freedom of speech is one of the most important parts of our country. Without being able to state your own opinion society will never change. Although i disagree with riots, people stating their opinion makes the biggest impact.

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    Freedom of speech is one of the most important parts of our country. Without being able to state your own opinion society will never change. Although …

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  • Harambe from Kansas

    You should break the law. Do it for Harambe.

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  • Samantha from Kansas

    As long as peaceful resistance is taking place, protesting a law that is found unjust will positively impact a free society, although civil disobedience will often end in bloodshed and war.

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    As long as peaceful resistance is taking place, protesting a law that is found unjust will positively impact a free society, although civil disobedien…

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  • Quentin from Kansas

    I believe that the government tends to work to slow at times and the process may not work in their favor or in a reasonable way for society to get out their ideas and thoughts. With protests it tends to bring Americans, more or less, together and straight to the point of their opinion on the subject. Protests will allow society to express themselves and deliver a message to the government in a reasonable time to get the system perfected or adjusted before it becomes too late.

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    I believe that the government tends to work to slow at times and the process may not work in their favor or in a reasonable way for society to get out…

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  • Abraham from Kansas

    Inorder to maintain a fair and civilized society the governed must defy any unjust law if any human right is violated.

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  • kenn from Kansas

    For a society to remain free than protesting an unjust laws is needed. If you let the government decide what is right for you without your involvement than nothing will change. Without peaceful protest people will not be able to express themselves

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    For a society to remain free than protesting an unjust laws is needed. If you let the government decide what is right for you without your involvement…

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  • Taylor from Kansas

    Our constitution gives us the right to rebel peacefully. Without protesting, nothing would ever change, we would still have segregation. Protesting helped end segregation and made our country a better place. Peaceful protesting does nothing but help forward our nation. We have the right to peacefully protest and that right should never go away.

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    Our constitution gives us the right to rebel peacefully. Without protesting, nothing would ever change, we would still have segregation. Protesting he…

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  • Brenna from Kansas

    I believe that if we are allowed to peacefully protest you should stick up for what you believe in.

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  • Jadan from Kansas

    I believe that in order to make a statement on what you think about what is rights sometimes you have to break the law to show that. Peaceful protests don’t always work, if you break a law and people start seeing you do that then more people will do it and then it can come to the legislative’s notice and maybe you can change the unfair law. If you aren’t hurting anyone else you should be able to speak your mind what is right.

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    I believe that in order to make a statement on what you think about what is rights sometimes you have to break the law to show that. Peaceful protests…

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  • Tyler from Kansas

    I think in order for the government o change for the good the have to have people stand up and protest. Some laws need to be altered. Protesting will help change them for the better

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    I think in order for the government o change for the good the have to have people stand up and protest. Some laws need to be altered. Protesting will …

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  • Christine from Kansas

    I do believe that people have the right to break a law if they think it is unjust.

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  • chasity from Kansas

    Everyone has their own opinion. Without the opinion of the people, where would we be today? Resistance can in fact impact a society in a positive way. But resistance only goes so far and should not be abused or pushed to far. Nothing explains massive disobedience more than the Boston Tea Party.

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    Everyone has their own opinion. Without the opinion of the people, where would we be today? Resistance can in fact impact a society in a positive way….

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  • Jerrica from Kansas

    If enough people disagree with an unjust law, disobedience is the only way to get the attention of the government to rethink the good of society and why the law is causing such an uproar. Laws are pretty easy to follow. If many people protest a law, it’s probably because it violates our American rights.

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    If enough people disagree with an unjust law, disobedience is the only way to get the attention of the government to rethink the good of society and w…

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  • eryn from Kansas

    Everybody has their own opinion to what is a just law and an unjust law. To a certain extent, resistance is okay.

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  • Janessa from Kansas

    Peaceful resistance to unjust laws can most definitely impact a free society in a positive way. The whole idea of America was built on the ideas of the people and if the people believe a law is unjust then they should stand up to the law. You are born to the right of freedom of speech. The people should used (not abuse) their natural rights to help refine America and its laws. We the people are supposed to vote and decide as a country what is the best for us. Just sitting down and accepting laws that are of no good or beneficial to the society, then that gives the government power and oppression can begin to occur. Standing up to laws is what defines and builds a society or country.

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    Peaceful resistance to unjust laws can most definitely impact a free society in a positive way. The whole idea of America was built on the ideas of th…

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  • Alyssa from Kansas

    I do believe that people have the right to break unjust laws. No person should have to follow a law that keeps them from living freely and equally among the rest. Frederic Bastiat said, “Each of us has a natural right, from God, to defend his person, his liberty, and his property.” I absolutely agree with this, any person should be treated equally under the law no matter race, sex, or religion. He also says, “When law and morality contradict each other, the citizen has the cruel alternative of either losing his moral sense or losing his respect for the law.” Both of these statements is very true. If you are given an unjust law and not being treated equally by the law, one of two things happens. You can go with your morals and disobey the law or you can surrender your morals to the law.

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    I do believe that people have the right to break unjust laws. No person should have to follow a law that keeps them from living freely and equally amo…

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  • Michaela from Kansas

    I believe that you should rebel if you think a law is unjust. I do not however believe that you should break other laws to rebel against the one that is unjust. Thomas Jefferson is the one who said a rebellion needs to happen once in a while. Sometimes the people who vote on the law is wrong. That is why the Founders are against majority rule since the beginning.

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    I believe that you should rebel if you think a law is unjust. I do not however believe that you should break other laws to rebel against the one that …

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  • Hunter from Kansas

    It is our job as the people of the United States to speak out against something we don’t believe in. Our country’s Constitution grants us the freedom to protest peacefully. But, laws can be just as oppressive as a tyrant. For example, Jim Crow Laws oppressed negroes for a long time and they did so unrightfully. It is sometimes necessary to break the law to change the law.

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    It is our job as the people of the United States to speak out against something we don’t believe in. Our country’s Constitution grants us the freedom …

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  • julie from Kansas

    It is our job as the people of the United States to speak out against something we don’t believe in. Our country’s constitution grants us the freedom to protest peacefully; this allows us to be able to fully express our believes if we do not agree with the government or certain laws passed by the government. If the people are able to keep their protests peaceful then we can be allowed to civilly disobey the law.

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    It is our job as the people of the United States to speak out against something we don’t believe in. Our country’s constitution grants us the freedom …

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  • Seth from Kansas

    Civil Disobedience is only right when someone is being oppressed. To stop a from of tyranny, an to save our nation. There has been so many points in history that are the biggest movements in Unites States all because of civil disobedience. MLK Jr., Boston Tea Party, and the Constitution was disobedience to the king. Society needs to change and evolve or it will die.

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    Civil Disobedience is only right when someone is being oppressed. To stop a from of tyranny, an to save our nation. There has been so many points in h…

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  • Max from Kansas

    Civil disobedience is a key part in the freedom of america, it works but should not be abused.

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  • Joseph from Kansas

    I believe that resistance to unjust laws are acceptable to impact a free society. The thoughts of one person are different then others. If a person feels as if a right is being violated they should not just let it happen to them, in fact they need to fight for their rights!

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    I believe that resistance to unjust laws are acceptable to impact a free society. The thoughts of one person are different then others. If a person fe…

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  • Megan from Kansas

    I believe that people should always be able to protest what they don’t like as long as they do it peacefully and not violently so that no one gets hurt.

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  • Brooke from Kansas

    Civil disobedience works, because of the rules it has to offer. It keeps an unorganized government in its place, yes. Because without disobedience no one would be enforcing the rule to follow the rules.

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    Civil disobedience works, because of the rules it has to offer. It keeps an unorganized government in its place, yes. Because without disobedience no …

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  • Anna (Charlie) from Kansas

    Peaceful protests should ALWAYS be alowed. If someone feels as though there are being bullied by the law they have the right to stand up for themselves/others with a peaceful portest. Protesting the peaceful protests would put us, as a nation, in a deep and dark spiral downwards. People have the right to say how they feel about the law.

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    Peaceful protests should ALWAYS be alowed. If someone feels as though there are being bullied by the law they have the right to stand up for themselve…

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  • Jessica from Kansas

    Civil Disobediance is something that is needed to help shape society. The freedom of speech and to express opinions is very important to take in consideration. Yes the laws are there for society to have structure, but there are times when the people need to take a stance against the law peacefully to protect the rights of the people. For example, Martin Luther King Jr. saw a large need for equality and took action for the African Americans to have equal rights.

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    Civil Disobediance is something that is needed to help shape society. The freedom of speech and to express opinions is very important to take in consi…

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  • Madison from Kansas

    Because many people need to stand up in what they believe in.

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  • Noah from Kansas

    Peace is the ultimate goal of a society, and while it may sometimes be necessary to act violently to achieve a higher level of peace, violence should always be the last resort. Peaceful protest is a way to make an idea heard without it possibly resorting to violence.

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    Peace is the ultimate goal of a society, and while it may sometimes be necessary to act violently to achieve a higher level of peace, violence should …

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  • Justin from Florida

    Like Nicolas said there needs to have resistants with out them we would always agree and if that happened somebody mite get to much power and that is the whole point of our country is we don’t want some one to have to much power.

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    Like Nicolas said there needs to have resistants with out them we would always agree and if that happened somebody mite get to much power and that is …

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  • Dan from Pennsylvania

    Obviously the answer here is yes. Peaceful protest must be allowed in order to keep America great. If peaceful disobedience occurs, and it is punished, whoever is behind the punishment should be punished themselves. Restricting our basic rights that are clearly stated in the 1st Amendment to the Constitution of the United States is the farthest thing from lawful, or right. It is quite literally unconstitutional.

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    Obviously the answer here is yes. Peaceful protest must be allowed in order to keep America great. If peaceful disobedience occurs, and it is punished…

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  • Mahalee from Wyoming

    Without peaceful resistance, we wouldn’t be able to change. Our whole country relies on resistance, there would be no America without it. Think of your past, have you ever noticed that you disagree with something someone has said or done? Of course you have. It’s a rhetorical question. No one can say that they haven’t disagreed with anyone, no matter how small it may have been. Peaceful resistance is the same thing, except you are voicing what you believe and trying to make a change. Think of politics for a second. Aren’t politicians simply voicing their own opinion on our laws and current events? And aren’t there always people who disagree on some points that are brought up? When you separate Democrats and Republicans, and you look at it from an outsiders’ point of view, they are all simply committing acts of civil disobedience by saying that something in America needs to change, or by trying to change and impose new laws.

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    Without peaceful resistance, we wouldn’t be able to change. Our whole country relies on resistance, there would be no America without it. Think of you…

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  • Clara from Wisconsin

    Peaceful resistance to laws does positively impact a free society. As long as an action of resistance is within the boundaries of law, there is nothing wrong with the action, In fact, peaceful resistance is an important part of the function of the government. In order for our leaders to see that people want change, the people need to make their voices heard. The great essayist and philosopher, Henry David Thoreau, said that, “The progress from an absolute to a limited monarchy, from a limited monarchy to a democracy, is a progress toward a true respect for the individual.” Because the United States is a republic (or a democracy), respect for the individual should be one of the foremost concerns of the government. Therefore, peaceful resistance to laws is an important part of the workings of the country.

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  • David from West Virginia

    Peaceful law resistance, as a result of various examples throughout history and the reason our Constitution exists, has a positive influence on our free society. The definition of “civil disobedience” is “the refusal to comply with certain laws or to pay taxes and fines, as a peaceful form of political protest.” It has been used to promote equality, such as Martin Luther King, Jr.’s peaceful protests, the Boston Tea Party, and Martin Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses used to criticize the Catholic Church’s “corrupt” practices. As such, I find it beneficial for the people to “peaceably assemble” as a means of “petitioning the government for a regress of grievances.”
    The only protests I have found detrimental to the “domestic tranquility” and “common defense” have been armed, which is not in the scope of the question. Due to this, I find that peaceful protests, as a whole, have only encouraged liberty to all and positively impacted our society.

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  • Annie from Idaho

    I believe that peaceable protest is one of the most important rights many have died protecting. I am so glad to live in a country that if I don’t like a certain situation I can express my dislike without fear. What I don’t tolerate is when some people voice their dislike when people chose to protest because it is not their belief. Hypocrisy at its finest.
    You can not give only some of the people Rights, All or none.

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    I believe that peaceable protest is one of the most important rights many have died protecting. I am so glad to live in a country that if I don’t like…

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  • Quinn from Hawaii

    Civil disobedience can be a good thing in some instances. I think that civil disobedience actually balances out some of our laws when we boycott the laws that were poorly thought of.

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    Civil disobedience can be a good thing in some instances. I think that civil disobedience actually balances out some of our laws when we boycott the l…

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  • S from Indiana

    If there are unjust laws, someone needs to stand up to them. By going the nonviolent route, people have shown that they are willing to try for a better country. They could have been aggressive but aren’t.

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    If there are unjust laws, someone needs to stand up to them. By going the nonviolent route, people have shown that they are willing to try for a bette…

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  • Chloe from Arizona

    Civil disobedience can be the most effective way to oppose unjust legislation. A free society must allow for freedom from tyranny, and civil disobedience ensures this.

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  • Blade from Georgia

    Civil disobedience is a wise and effective alternative to violence, mayhem, rioting, et cetera. It can often result in positive societal change. Being that it is a passive activity, civil disobedience needs to be supplemented by civic action, participation, honest and open minded discussion, and mutual cooperation of all involved parties. Both sides should be respectful and civil towards one another, even if they do not agree.

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    Civil disobedience is a wise and effective alternative to violence, mayhem, rioting, et cetera. It can often result in positive societal change. Being…

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  • Emani from California

    Peaceful protests shows the society that protests don’t need to be violent or harsh. It also shows people who are scared to protest that they have the right to. No one can talk their rights away.

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    Peaceful protests shows the society that protests don’t need to be violent or harsh. It also shows people who are scared to protest that they have the…

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  • Genesis from Florida

    Just like Martin Luther King Jr. said in his time, we can’t expect respect and justice if we seek it with violence and breaking laws because we aren’t showing an example of what we want. We have the right to protest, yes, but we must do it responsibly so we don’t loose lives along the path.

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    Just like Martin Luther King Jr. said in his time, we can’t expect respect and justice if we seek it with violence and breaking laws because we aren’t…

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  • Amy from Georgia

    Yes. Most of the victories of the civil rights movement were from non-violent movements. These examples set the standard for us of this generation

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  • Ryan from Oregon

    Civil disobedience is a peaceful way to let policymakers know that the people aren’t satisfied with the current state of things.

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  • Musa from Georgia

    Civil disobedience is something that can have a great impact on the way people and government officials see things. Doesn’t the Pursuit of Happiness include to stand up against anything we believe to unfair and unjust because it gets in the way of us and other attaining happiness. No government is perfect and I doubt there will ever be a perfect government, but shouldn’t governments trying to maintain peace be concerned if an issue is serious enough for people to gather and protest. As long as civil disobedience isn’t taken to the point of violence I’m all for it.

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  • Misty from Texas

    The way people have used civil disobedience has been to show their discontentment when their voices are not being heard without causing violence. So long as the protesters are not provoking violence it is their right to protest though they may be breaking a law such as what happened during the sit-ins to end lunch counter segregation. The protesters are exercising their right to freedom of speech and being allowed to gather peacefully.

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  • Yareli from Massachusetts

    Peaceful disobedience makes itself louder and more known versus a war which is loud but meaningless and quiet. Blood isn’t shed in peaceful civil disobedience which is better because Congress or the Government can’t quite the powerful disobedience, where as in a war they feel powerful since they can send troops and not care if millions of people die for something that in the end is completely meaningless. When people unite and work together, it is so much stronger since they end up getting what they want and the Government feels powerless and is forced to give them what they want. The more people peacefully unite, the more we reach to achieve that concept of “One Nation Under God, Indivisible and Liberty for All.”

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  • Ezra from Maryland

    Yes!

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  • David from California

    Civil disobedience was key for the Civil Rights movement. African Americans began showing defiance against unjust laws by sitting in the white section at diners and sitting in the front of the bus. If they just obeyed the laws like what many people say, then Jim Crow laws would most likely still be in place today.

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  • Adam from Florida

    Civil disobedience relies on media coverage. If it can get lots of good coverage it will most likely win. But if it’s smothered with bad publicity it usually dies.

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  • Gregory from Wyoming

    This is the only way to bring attention to poor laws. Protesting is a fundamental right of the people in order to create change.

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  • m from Florida

    idc

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  • a from Alabama

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  • David from Hawaii

    Though it is peaceful, it is still resistance to the law. Laws are made for a reason, and resisting/opposing the laws in any form is illegal. However, if a significant amount of people believe that said law is unconstitutional or needs to be changed (which would ideally make a positive impact on the community), they should go through the process of writing to the congressman/woman in your state in order to legally reform. Protest, which is not resistance to laws, is fine because it is legal. This still positively impacts society because voices, even the smallest, become heard. When rights are being infringed on, it should be easy to make an issue in congress because whatever is affecting you is unconstitutional.

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  • Cayden from Kansas

    Protest leads to death, take a look at the local news today you you will probably hear about a black person getting shot by a white officer and leads to more protests and more death, but you never hear about the white people getting shot.

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  • John from Indiana

    People should not protest. They need to respect the law and work through the legislatures to get the law changed if they think it is bad!

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    • Erin from Kansas

      I don’t think that people have a right to break the law if they believe it is wrong, because there is no set right or wrong. It’s not okay for me to murder you because I think that that law is unjust. There are too many grays for it to be okay to break the law.

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    • Parker from Kansas

      I do not believe that people should protest because with that disobedience, it shows as a lack of respect to our law and order along with our government. Although some protests begin as civil disobedience most of the time it will become out of hand and people will get injured and hurt due to this.

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