Unjust Laws Must Be Opposed Argumentative Essay by johnnyoutsmart

Unjust Laws Must Be Opposed
An argument that unjust laws must be opposed through peaceful protests or action, known as civil disobedience.
# 58400 | 1,245 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2005 | GB
Published on May 09, 2005 in English (Argument) , Sociology (General) , Political Science (General)

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The paper argues that, while the individual must respect the laws of the state in which he lives and must obey them, he is obliged to differentiate between just laws and unjust laws and disobey the unjust and immoral ones that, if obeyed, harm a society or members of it.

From the Paper:

"The heroes of the twentieth century, such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Gandhi, agreed with Thoreau, and the fact that they changed the world for the better supports the argument that Thoreau's insistence that the individual has a duty to oppose unjust laws, just as he has a duty to obey just laws, is correct. Gandhi, who lived during the British occupation of India, fought through the peaceful method of civil disobedience, both the unjust laws that the British passed over Indians and the British occupation of his country. Among those laws were ones that prevented Indians from making their own salt or clothes. The purpose of these laws was to benefit the English economy by forcing Indians, by law, to buy British textiles and salt ("Gandhi's Protests and Causes")."

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