Raisons politiques 69, février 2018
The concept of civil disobedience has been a focal point in ethical discussions of dissent ever since philosophers devoted serious attention to the question of political lawbreaking in response to the outpouring of social activism in the 1960's. Civil disobedience has come to enjoy a presumptive legitimacy in the minds of many even while liberal states themselves have expanded the methods of intrusive surveillance and policing at their disposal. But should dissent really be civil? Or is the aspiration to civility unrealistic and self-defeating for those fighting injustice ?