The Case for Civil Disobedience
Publisher: New York Review of Books, New York, USA
Year Published: 1971
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX8896
Chomsky addresses the expected "cooling" of the Student Movement in light of negative reviews of the May Day demonstration. He analyzes this cooling as a key factor in US strategy, especially in relation to the Congress and disputes arguments such as civil disobedience is illegitimate in a democracy as decisions are reached via democratic institutions. After his exploration of the numerous questions surrounding the issue of civil disobedience, Chomsky warns that by blocking channels of protest, the government may "bring about a domestic crisis of indeterminable proportions".