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  •  Whistle blowing and civil disobedience (1+ / 0-)
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    Even so, he should expect a penallty, although a proportionate one, as anyone does who chooses to commit civil disobedience. Thoreau, who defined civil disobedience, spent a night in jail for refusing to pay a tax that might have helped to fund the Mexican War hthat he opposed.

    If my soldiers were to begin to think, not one would remain in the ranks. -Frederick the Great

    by Valatius on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 05:51:03 PM PST

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    •  From "Civil Disobedience" (0+ / 0-)
      Law never made men a whit more just; and, by means of their respect for it, even the well-disposed are daily made the agents of injustice. A common and natural result of an undue respect for law is, that you may see a file of soldiers, colonel, captain, corporal, privates, powder-monkeys,(5) and all, marching in admirable order over hill and dale to the wars, against their wills, ay, against their common sense and consciences, which makes it very steep marching indeed, and produces a palpitation of the heart. They have no doubt that it is a damnable business in which they are concerned; they are all peaceably inclined. Now, what are they? Men at all? or small movable forts and magazines, at the service of some unscrupulous man in power?
      The important thing is the resistance to evils, not the trappings of that resistance.
    •  He should no more "expect a penalty" than (0+ / 0-)

      anyone else who reveals fucking torture.

      "I have often seen people uncivil by too much civility, and tiresome in their courtesy." Michel de Montaigne

      by JesseCW on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 11:35:50 PM PST

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