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In an unprecedented work, a Justice of the US Supreme Court defines the limits & scope of lawful civil disobedience. Justice Abe Fortas tells how nonviolent dissent can successfully achieve revolutionary goals within the law, institutions & traditions of our democratic society. Preface The Paradox-The Duty to Obey & to Disobey The Simplicities-The Right to Dissent & its Limit In an unprecedented work, a Justice of the US Supreme Court defines the limits & scope of lawful civil disobedience. Justice Abe Fortas tells how nonviolent dissent can successfully achieve revolutionary goals within the law, institutions & traditions of our democratic society. Preface The Paradox-The Duty to Obey & to Disobey The Simplicities-The Right to Dissent & its Limitation The Rights of the State & Its Duty in War as Well as Peace Civil Disobedience An Evaluation The Rules The Draft & the War in Vietnam Conclusion


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In an unprecedented work, a Justice of the US Supreme Court defines the limits & scope of lawful civil disobedience. Justice Abe Fortas tells how nonviolent dissent can successfully achieve revolutionary goals within the law, institutions & traditions of our democratic society. Preface The Paradox-The Duty to Obey & to Disobey The Simplicities-The Right to Dissent & its Limit In an unprecedented work, a Justice of the US Supreme Court defines the limits & scope of lawful civil disobedience. Justice Abe Fortas tells how nonviolent dissent can successfully achieve revolutionary goals within the law, institutions & traditions of our democratic society. Preface The Paradox-The Duty to Obey & to Disobey The Simplicities-The Right to Dissent & its Limitation The Rights of the State & Its Duty in War as Well as Peace Civil Disobedience An Evaluation The Rules The Draft & the War in Vietnam Conclusion

37 review for Concerning Dissent and Civil Disobedience

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jerome Lusa

    This book is a high-minded discussion of our right and duty as citizens to voice our opinions, and of the ways in which we might oppose those aspects of our government and laws that we firmly reject. It belongs on the bookshelf of every American home, and should be required reading in every high school (mandatory) civics class.

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  3. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    This book should have been the first clue to those of us who didn't know him personally that Fortas couldn't live on the salary of a Supreme Court Justice. At the time he published this simplistic bit of pabulum, the issues he purported to address were of considerable importance to the county (and still are, though in a somewhat dormant posture). Today most of the justices would at least have a law clerk or two stuff the text with a bunch of unread footnote material with seemingly relevant titles This book should have been the first clue to those of us who didn't know him personally that Fortas couldn't live on the salary of a Supreme Court Justice. At the time he published this simplistic bit of pabulum, the issues he purported to address were of considerable importance to the county (and still are, though in a somewhat dormant posture). Today most of the justices would at least have a law clerk or two stuff the text with a bunch of unread footnote material with seemingly relevant titles. It is an embarrassment, almost as much as William O. Douglas's "Points of Rebellion." If, unlike Hugo Black, people can't live on the salary or can't stand being out of the limelight, they ought not to accept appointment.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Erik Graff

    This was a book assigned for "Introduction to Political Science" during my sophomore year at Grinnell College. Presumably the teacher was trying to quell us, his students, albeit sympathetically. Fortas' argument is that peaceful change is possible and that illegal actions in pursuit of such changes can be civil. Until his career ended in scandal in the Supreme Court, Fortas' legal practice did, in fact, result in some significant results. He was, for instance, lead attorney in the successful Gi This was a book assigned for "Introduction to Political Science" during my sophomore year at Grinnell College. Presumably the teacher was trying to quell us, his students, albeit sympathetically. Fortas' argument is that peaceful change is possible and that illegal actions in pursuit of such changes can be civil. Until his career ended in scandal in the Supreme Court, Fortas' legal practice did, in fact, result in some significant results. He was, for instance, lead attorney in the successful Gideon case.

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    Amanda

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