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Sometimes the most powerful act of resistance is to do nothing

Blunt, G. D. ORCID: 0000-0002-9569-090X (2020). Sometimes the most powerful act of resistance is to do nothing. Aeon,


Resistance is a human right. This is why the preamble of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that people will be ‘compelled to have recourse, in the last resort, to rebellion’ if human rights are not respected, and why the defence of human rights framed in many United Nations resolutions supports resistance against colonialism and apartheid. It could not be otherwise. If your rights are violated, you must have a recourse. Normally this would be found in the law and the courts but, when faced with severe and intransigent injustice, resistance is that recourse. But when others are resisting, and we are sympathetic to their aims, what should we do? The answer is surprising.

Publication Type: Article
Publisher Keywords: Political philosophy; Resistance; Politics
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > International Politics
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Available under License Creative Commons Attribution No Derivatives.

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