“camouflage for egre­gious class or race interest or for jingoistic and destructive patriotism”

“A danger not taken into account…is the danger that the fabric of society at a given time may actually be too tightly woven as a consequence of demonic repression or the apathetic routinization of conscience. In this kind of situa­tion the civil disobedient holds that his protest is a public and not a secret protest against one law or policy and that by his remaining law-abiding in other regards and by his accepting punishment for his disobedience he shows his respect for law and helps to maintain the fabric, and yet that as a last resort his disobedience aims to improve the law and to rectify the fabric of society. The civil disobedient, and anyone else for that matter, may also rightly claim that what obtains under the rubric of law in the society often turns out to be only camouflage for egre­gious class or race interest or for jingoistic and destructive patriotism. He may also claim that, far from weakening the fabric of society, authentic civil disobedience is a means of reducing the demand for rebellious and violent protest against the law.” — JLA, Civil Disobedience

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