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I am also interested in interpretation of what is morally justified, what exactly is a civil disobedience, and how this problem applies to different flavors of a democracy.
So, is Civil disobedience in a democracy is morally justified? Lets look at definitions first.
Key Definitions of Resolved: Civil disobedience in a democracy is morally justified
The Merriam-Webster definition is:
noun - refusal to obey governmental demands or commands especially as a nonviolent and usually collective means of forcing concessions from the government.
To me that is such a broad range of actions. It can be a massive strike that threatens public safety, or a passive aggressive refusal to park close to enough to the curb.
noun - government by the people; especially : rule of the majority; a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections; a political unit that has a democratic government.
To me, there is a wide range of democratic societies. On one hand we have United States with arguably mature government. On the other hand you have India, which is also democratic but has a very different social norm and full of corruption.
adjective - of or relating to principles of right and wrong in behavior; expressing or teaching a conception of right behavior; conforming to a standard of right behavior; sanctioned by or operative on one's conscience or ethical judgment.
We all have a very different personal value framework how we judge morality. Unless you are mother Teresa, we are forced to operate under different shades of what morality means to you.
From the root "to justify" - to prove or show to be just, right, or reasonable; to show to have had a sufficient legal reason;
That is another point of ambiguity. Justify to whom, yourself, authorities, etc? Legal reason to me is not an ultimate code of morality.
I will not be taking an affirmative or negative side of this debate. I am interested in what others have to say on the issue of Civil disobedience in a democracy is morally justified, and arguing to shape clarity on the definitional points. I personally can see myself arguing either side of this debate.