Released: Filed Under: NSDA Lincoln-Douglas
About "Overview of Civil Disobedience"
If you were faced with having to obey a law that you knew was unjust, how would you respond? Would you obey the law anyway? Or would you resist the law, intentionally break it, and follow your conscience?
When citizens believe they are faced with an unjust law, they have the option of disobeying. When they willingly and publicly break the law they are protesting, they bring attention to their cause. Democracies tend to see such disobedience as “civil,” arguably a valid and effective way to protest the law. Though several examples throughout the history of democracy can be cited as effective, there are other examples that show civil disobedience going awry. Law and order also has its rightful place in a democracy, and the willful disobedience of its laws can get out of hand.
This is what you’ll be debating in this membership overview. Resolved: Civil disobedience in a democracy is morally justified. To prepare you for your debate, you will have to accomplish the following:
- Understand the origins of civil disobedience as a form of protest.
- Explore examples that have succeeded and failed.
- Study two model cases—one affirming and one negating the resolution.
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