Reflection on WB and civil disobedience
30 June 2009
Will Wendell Be Jailed? | Front Porch Republic.
Although many of the farmers opposing mandatory animal tagging speak in the language of self-interest - many small farmers are worried that the program will run them into bankruptcy - the opposition to the NAIS has been driven by deep political and communal commitments.
Berry’s recent words testify to that. ”I’m willing to go to jail to defend the young people who, I hope, will still have a possibility of becoming farmers on a small scale in this supposedly free country,” he told the crowd in Kentucky. In other words, Berry understands his willingness to go to jail not only on his own behalf - to keep his conscience clean, say - but also on behalf of others. That makes his a disobedience of the most civil sort. READ MORE ...
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