Civil Disobedience and the Duty to Obey

Gonzaga Law Review 8, no. 2 (Spring 1973).


“At what point,” asks John Rawls in his celebrated recent book, A Theory of Justice, to which I shall make further reference, “does the duty to comply with laws enacted by a legislative majority . . . cease to be binding in view of the right to defend one’s liberties and the duty to oppose injustice? This question involves the nature and limits of majority rule. For this reason the problem of civil disobedience is a crucial test case for any theory of the moral basis of democracy.”

Yale Law School