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    Default When Should a Law be Broken?

    Is there ever a justification for breaking a rule? If so, when? How do we decide on what laws/rules to break and why?

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    When it prevents you from surviving.
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    When it's a victimless crime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajblaise View Post
    When it's a victimless crime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajblaise View Post
    When it's a victimless crime.
    Yeah definitely.

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    When it hurts people more than helps them.
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    Per Henry David Thoreau, when it's fundamentally inethical or unjust.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuchIrony View Post
    When it hurts people more than helps them.
    Quote Originally Posted by oberon View Post
    Per Henry David Thoreau, when it's fundamentally inethical or unjust.
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    I believe that laws should never be broken. If a law is unjust or harmful, it should be changed, not broken. If it's not unjust or harmful, then it should be obeyed.

    That's an ideal, though. Realistically, one should always avoid breaking the law... but there are always circumstances in which breaking it might be necessary or the best decision possible. Hopefully in situations like this, a jury and judge will agree and ignore the law in some cases. That's what they're for, I suppose... to determine how the law should be applied.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Athenian200 View Post
    I believe that laws should never be broken. If a law is unjust or harmful, it should be changed, not broken. If it's not unjust or harmful, then it should be obeyed.
    In the US, a judicial challenge can only be brought against a law by someone with standing to contest the law... in other words, a defendant. So if you want to challenge a law with an eye toward changing it in the courts, you have to start by breaking it so you can establish a test case.

    Changing the law through legislative means is quite different, of course, and does not require a test case.

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