True Virtue Is Found In Disobedience
There Is No Virtue In Obedience To Immoral Law
There is nothing inherently virtuous by being a law abiding citizen. There is nothing inherently immoral by being a persistent and dedicated law breaker. What value is there in law? Special interest groups, lobbyists, and popular lawyers spend money on each other, and laws are created towards the benefit of whichever special interest group, lobbyist, and popular lawyer were involved, and suddenly a law is presented to the rest of us as if it were some sort of Holy writ. There is nothing "Holy" about any law created by some winner of a popularity contest after he or she has been paid to create said law by agents of some corporation.
One of the more hilarious things I'd read this year was on one of my never ending Facebook threads. A semi-intellectual sort of guy stated something like, "you are either for law and order, or you are not." His implication, of course, was that laws ought never be broken. Following that, the usual nonsense about "logic and reason." It's really sad how historically illiterate persons are these days. Hitler, Chairman Mao, Stalin, Pol Pot; those 4 glorious leaders were law abiding one and all, and they simply made the laws in their diverse lands fit their actions; and there in a nutshell, with the four great atheist mass murderers of our time, lies the totality of the virtue found in obeying the laws of the land, which is to say, of course, there is none.
As for myself, I come from a extremely far right wing fundamentalist and virtually theologically illiterate background. I was raised to believe following law was of the utmost virtue, and that disobeying law was always "sin." The church I was raised in even provided me a police chief as a Sunday school teacher, and the man would go on and on about the book of Romans, and how Paul the apostle had stated that Christians were to obey laws. At the same time, I was supposed to know that Paul, Jesus, and all of the apostles save Judas Iscariot, and John the Revelator, they were each and all executed by the Roman state for breaking laws. This infuriates me to this day, this blindness. So far as Christianity goes, Paul the apostle was a nobody, he's not much more than a Joel Osteen sort of guy, except he became a martyr for breaking the laws of the state; and so much for his book of Romans. Christians do best to look at Pauline theology as nothing more or less than some bit of encouragement or advice. Jesus was and is obviously the Be All End All of that religion, and he was executed for being a law-breaker, a VERY disobedient man.
Bradley Manning, The Highest Respect For Law
Another of the more nonsensical and hilarious comments I've acquired into my repertoire for regurgitation over the years involved another person who has such an agenda one would become ill were they to see it. The person maintained that president Obama's actions were morally superior to George W. Bush's actions, even when the actions are identical, due to Obama having previously made the actions legal through legislative means. What the delusional concept says is an action is only ever moral, or immoral in the context of legality. Such a comment can only be translated as essentially saying, "objective morality involves lobbyist, or executive orders." There is one thing, my friends, that the most celebrated atheists and theists alike agree on, and that thing is the existence of objective morality. Do you wish to know who you should fear? You should fear no one living, and no one dead. There is nothing to fear in this world save fear itself, but we should all keep VERY close eyes on persons so intellectually stunted as to believe that legality equates morality.
Making up the rules to a game as one goes along comes to mind here as does stealing candy from small children, or shooting fish inside a barrel. When morality is determined by lawyers who are elected with the donations from wealthy individuals with an agenda for profit and control, there is no morality. The highest respect for law comes from those who dedicate themselves to breaking immoral laws. The great Martin Luther King Jr. even suggested we have a moral obligation to break unjust laws, and I very much agree with the greatest civil rights leader of our times.
"Corruptisima republica plurimae leges" - Tacitus, from Annals III 27
What is the above quote? Tis a quote by ancient Greek historian Tacitus concerning the facts of the matter regarding the volume of laws within a nation being proportionate to how corrupt a nation is. So how many laws are there in the USA? Do you know that NOBODY even knows? The reason not one single person in the USA knows how many laws there are, is evidence of the corruption of this nation. Everyone here is a law breaker, and anytime you hear someone go on and on about someone being a criminal, you be certain you allow that person, for their own sake, and for any others who may see or hear, to be certain they understand they are a criminal too.
Whether or not people believe it, I do have actual friends who are police officers. In fact, I have several of them, and they are among the more valuable friends one can have. No I'm not talking about here locally where I "hang out," I mean online. I live online quite a lot, and when it comes to matters of politics and philosophy, some of these guys are truly standout persons. One friend tells me the average hard working American citizen breaks at least 3 laws every day of the year, and mostly without ever knowing it. It doesn't quite fit the definition of disobedience to break law without knowing about it, but it does show how corrupt a society is when someone minding their own business and tending their families can break that many laws in the course of a day, and be clueless about it all.
Concerning Bradley Manning, we all know his "crime" was merely showing the US taxpayer what their taxes were being spent towards. Manning's video, turned over to Wikileaks, showed some soldiers in an apache helicopter mowing down civilians in a marketplace; and for what? Well, no reason at all. Somehow, the US government thinks showing the persons paying for such mass murders what their war was really about, is a "crime." It is certainly telling that the same government who wants Bradley Manning to spend his entire life in jail for showing the world what can only be described as war crimes, or a slaughter; in turn thinks it has been wronged when its wrongdoing is revealed.
Edward Snowden, Righteously Disobedient
A wise man once said that a society willing to sacrifice its liberties for safety deserved neither; and this is modern dystopian USA. We allowed ourselves to get too fat, too secure, too comfortable, and too drugged out. Everyone is on drugs here now, it seems; and the legal drug dealers are as damaging to society as the mythical street corner dealer. If you can find a man or woman who's not using some sort of chemical agent a tad too heavily, be it legal or no (what difference does it make?), then the person is probably keeping themselves distracted from reality in another equally damaging way.
The US federal government tortured Bradley Manning for being patriotic. Edward Snowden, should they ever get their hands on him, will surely be treated as badly, or worse, for being a patriotic American. The world needs more Bradley Manning, and more Edward Snowden, and absolutely no more Benghazi Obama. Am I really supposed to believe and accept that exposing crimes is itself a crime? That is the message here. Expose a crime and you are a criminal, and at the same time we're told that if we see something, we should say something. Well, that is what I'm trying to do; I see a monstrous government, and I want everyone in the world to see it for exactly what it is, and stop pretending everything in the world is so wonderful. Please, for heaven's sake, just drop that "land of the free, home of the brave" crap too, we have a president who'll watch the torture of his own ambassadors from a predator drone, and call off and fire any military that seeks to intervene on his snuff film.
I'm seeing lots of dreamers out there, the people who think things like, "well, we have simply got to vote the right people in next go round!" You've seen those people, right? I believe those are the same people who hated George W. Bush, and have given us Benghazi Obama, who for all the world is the worst of the two. You can't work within a system to repair a system designed to fail. Oh there was a time when the system worked okay; but after enough years of the toxic international banking cartel in the USA via the federal reserve, we have a terrifically broken system, and voting will not change it in any noticeable way. George H.W. Bush spoke ten years to the day before the infamous 911 false flag of a "new world order," and these days, Joe Biden is saying the same thing; and people think there is a difference between the democrats and the republicans? Statism is the most mystifying and mystical religion of them all.
Voting Does Nothing - Rule Is By Consent, Votes Don't Change Anything
I believe it was the late singer and songwriter, mostly famous as being the leader of The Beatles, John Lennon, who'd said something about how one should never be violent in protesting the state, because the state knows exactly what to do with violent people. Peaceful protesters, however, are a bit more troublesome for a regime forever armed with military and police who come to peaceful protests in order to see to it they do NOT remain so peaceful. No matter, under the hideously tyrannical Obama administration here in the USA, the right to peacefully assemble for a protest is now virtually illegal. This article, of course, is about disobedience; so it isn't as if anyone should care what is or isn't legal, we've already covered how legality (derived at due to lobbyist and lawyers) is hardly morality.
I also hoped to have covered something of a conundrum among Christians, whether they be serious about religion, or merely "cultural Christians." Almost all, the vast majority, of the early Christian leaders were executed in brutal ways, so when the apostle Paul says one should obey laws, it's more of a suggestion than anything else, as Paul was executed for his religion being rather illegal. So now, we look at solutions to oppression, and civil disobedience.
What is civil disobedience? Well, civil disobedience is a set of actions, and a way to go about rebellion against a tyrannical state in a peaceful manner. Civil disobedience is also the name of a terrific essay by Henry David Thoreau. Wikipedia defines civil disobedience as the active, professed refusal to obey certain laws, demands, and commands of government, or of an occupying international power. Mohandas Karamachand Gandhi, of course, is the world's first and foremost thought, insofar as leaders or practitioners of civil disobedience goes; but in the USA, we have had devoted disciples of his use civil disobedience very effectively too. Here in the USA, when we think of civil disobedience, we think first and foremost of the late, great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - A Hero Of Disobedience
Martin Luther King Jr. And Successful Civil Disobedience
Lots of folks know Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. successfully used civil disobedience towards the betterment of not just blacks, but all US citizens; but few people know that in reality, Dr. King was more or less assassinated by the US government. What is surprising is how people are still surprised, or act that way, when such well documented but never covered in mass media facts are presented to them. Dr. King was maybe the last decent human to win a Nobel Peace Prize, as the later generations have produced monsters such as Barry Obama, or possibly worse, Henry Kissinger.
Concerning the virtues of disobedience, and in more recent years, the late and great Howard Zinn had the following to say: "Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of leaders...and that millions have been killed because of this obedience. Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty theives...and the grand thieves are running our country. That's our problem."
Friends, the point to all this is not that anyone should head out their doors looking for laws to break, the point to this is to get folks to seriously think about what laws are, how they are made, and what their actual value is. There is no dishonor in breaking a dishonorable law, there is great virtue in being a criminal who's crime is disobeying immoral law. Thanks for reading.