After reading “Civil Disobedience” I think government is best when it functions some. So I am kind of in between, because I think we need government, but not to the point where it is a huge controlling factor of your day-to-day life. I also think we need enough to the point where it keeps society safe, allows for industrial expansion, and can step in to help the general public when in need. The current United States government in my opinion is good. Not the current administration….. But a democracy, and capitalism is good in my opinion. Our government has financial aid for citizens in need, our military keeps us safe, and our laws allow society to function normally and secure, for the most part. Also, you as a citizen have the right to an education.
I think the goal of government in society is to oversee the people, provide services, and try to make society function best for everyone as best as they can, whilst still allowing individual success. The goal of government to an individual is to allow progression in society, help you if you are struggling, and make sure you are a contributing member to society.
A government that commands my respect is one that gives it’s people say, and that allows everyone to have an equal say in what occurs. Also I respect a government that is willing of a free flow of ideas to improve the state.
The role of civil disobedience today is for people to let their voices be heard. If a group of people are unhappy about a situation and have no way to voice that opinion, civil disobedience or protest in modern society is the only way to get a point across. Having a protest that is in public grabs the attention of the people around it, thus gaining more attention to the cause. This fuels the cause and can spark change.
In modern society, civil disobedience and protest I think still has a place and needs to be done. How else is the general public suppose to let the government and the rest of society know they are unhappy about an issue. Although, there is so many protests today, I feel as if that every protest gets swept under the rug with an underwhelming result.