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Confronting InjusticeMoral History and Political Theory$
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David Lyons

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199662555

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199662555.001.0001

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Political Responsibility and Resistance to Civil Government 1

Political Responsibility and Resistance to Civil Government 1

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(p.148) 8 Political Responsibility and Resistance to Civil Government1
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Confronting Injustice
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David Lyons

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199662555.003.0009

Theorists define civil disobedience as unlawful protest for limited reform by individuals who regard the prevailing system as basically just. Those terms do not describe many respected examples of conscientious protest, so this essay employs instead the broader concept of political resistance, while it celebrates the many lesser-known individuals whose resistance required great courage. Three of the individuals discussed acted during wars abroad: Hugh Thompson interrupted a massacre by soldiers of his own side in My Lai, South Vietnam, Mordechai Growas acted out of deep compassion for a fellow Warsaw Ghetto resister and Henryk Iwanski aided resisters in the Ghetto; and two‐Samuel Block and Annie Devine—campaigned for voting rights under front‐line conditions in Jim Crow Mississippi.

Keywords:   thoreau, civil disobedience, political obligation, unjust enrichment, wrongful gain, restitution, fairness, exploitation

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