Wednesday, August 8, 2007

On patriotism and civil disobedience

"If patriotism were defined, not as blind obedience to government, not as submissive worship to flags and anthems, but rather as love of one's country, one's fellow citizens (all over the world), as loyalty to the principles of justice and democracy, then patriotism would require us to disobey our government, when it violated those principles."

(Howard Zinn, "Passionate Declarations", chapter "Law and justice").

3 comments:

Daniel said...

I fully agree with that
And we can wonder why this kind of principle that was part of the french constitution issued from revolution, was removed from following constitutionnal texts...

Cedric said...

I am very interested in what you said.
Do you have a reference to give me to learn more about that ?

Daniel said...

Just have a look at the current french constitution and compare with the one voted by the assemblee constituante (http://fr.wikisource.org/wiki/Constitution_du_24_juin_1793).

For instance try to find in our current constiution something like:

Article 11. - Tout acte exercé contre un homme hors des cas et sans les formes que la loi détermine, est arbitraire et tyrannique ; celui contre lequel on voudrait l'exécuter par la violence a le droit de le repousser par la force

Article 35. - Quand le gouvernement viole les droits du peuple, l'insurrection est, pour le peuple et pour chaque portion du peuple, le plus sacré des droits et le plus indispensable des devoirs.