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National Parks’ tourists defy government shutdown, engaging in ‘civil disobedience’

With the US government shutdown well into its second week, growing numbers of Americans are gleefully engaging in what they call “civil disobedience” by tossing aside cones or jumping over government shutdown-inspired barricades around national monuments, malls, and park entrances.;  …

Spies for Peace: Meet the 1960s activists who spilled nuclear secrets

My parents were Spies for Peace. Today’s protesters have far stricter surveillance to overcome but civil disobedience lives on Fifty years ago Britain had just emerged from the coldest winter of the 20th century when some protesters emerged to stoke the fire of protest and rattle the establishment. The Spies…

Why “civil disobedience” isn’t the answer in this case

This post by an anonymous doctor suggesting “civil disobedience” from doctors in response to mandatory ultrasound laws is making the rounds, mainly being forwarded by people who are rightfully outraged by these laws, but—and I hate to say this—don’t really understand the issue very well. Both actual abortion providers (using their…

Nonviolence, Nonviolence

You remember when Gandhi fought against the British occupation of India through a systematic program of nonviolent resistance and civil disobedience? Of course you do, you got the Facebook invite. Well, a moderately transformative health care bill takes effect in 2014, a full two electoral cycles after passage and during…

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