Laws, Morals and Order

"Individuals have international duties which transcend the national obligations of obedience. Therefore [individual citizens] have the duty to violate domestic laws to prevent crimes against peace and humanity from occurring" -- Nuremberg War Crime Tribunal, 1950

Today's article by Chris Hedges 'No Act of Rebellion Is Wasted' is another inspiring call to action by him, another step on the road to rebellion. Laws are meaningless compared to morals. Laws are made by the few to control the many, to control, and to keep order. i suspect that all of us, to differing degrees, obey the laws we agree with according to an individual inner moral code. Once upon a time slavery was legal-didn't make it a tidbit more moral. Anti-semitism was legal lottsa places and times in history, being lawful didn't make that moral either.

Hedges had a few moving paragraphs in his piece today, my favorite:
"We may feel, in the face of the ruthless corporate destruction of our nation, our culture, and our ecosystem, powerless and weak. But we are not. We have a power that terrifies the corporate state. Any act of rebellion, no matter how few people show up or how heavily it is censored by a media that caters to the needs and profits of corporations, chips away at corporate power. Any act of rebellion keeps alive the embers for larger movements that follow us. It passes on another narrative. It will, as the rot of the state consumes itself, attract wider and wider numbers. Perhaps this will not happen in our lifetimes. But if we persist we will keep this possibility alive. If we do not, it will die."

We have a duty to oppose-resist immoral laws. Every act of resistance creates a whirlpool of downstream effects. Each act awakens the actor. The vagabond homesteader, old RV owner, dog lover, long term near poverty resistance tactic may not be yours but one thing it does is 'act onto others as you'd have them act unto you', the golden rule.

"Hope and justice live when people, even in tiny numbers, stand up and fight for them." - Chris Hedges