The Means And Ends Of The Struggle For Justice Essay

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The Means and Ends of the Struggle for Justice

Throughout this course we have studied the different worldviews and thought processes of many influential thinkers in their quests for justice, freedom, and/or equality. One key point of contention between some of these figures is related to the use of violence in pursuit of these greater goods. Practically speaking, without a morally pure, nonviolent stance of passive resistance, your chances of convincing the populus of your plight and the necessity for change and action thereto plummet. In the words of MLK Jr., “Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.” (MLK, Where Do We Go From Here?, 62) This is not to say that violence is never successful in terms of legislative change. For instance, the Civil War (violence for a greater good) resulted in the Emancipation Proclamation (legislative change). However, comparatively, it did very little to morally persuade the opinions of those entrenched in their beliefs. 620,000 men died to achieve this victory, fraught with loopholes and blind-eyes-turned for the following 100 years. I leave it to the reader to decide whether this staggering number of deaths was worth it.

M. M. Gandhi
Gandhi lived his life strongly through his beliefs about freedom, self-rule, and nonviolence. In his magnum opus, “Hind Swaraj,” Gandhi devotes a chapter to the subject of “Brute force”. Writing in a Socratic dialogue style, he argues…

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