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Civil Disobedience

Saw Captain America: Civil War over the weekend and I experienced a serious flashback to my law school days. Having sprung from a time when the law began to be exalted, I had a naive belief in the possibility of justice. Over time, I realized we simply had witnessed the high water mark, that the law was merely an articulation of the powerful v. the powerless. One aspect of this was hammered home again during the movie, prompting me to remember a line voiced by the character of JFK in the film 13 Days: "There is something immoral about abandoning your own judgment." Yet people do it every day, though often at an unconscious level, or so demoralized as to not trust their own, looking to others for validation. It’s easier not to have to be on the front lines weighing truth and justice and being responsible for the outcome, but life, particularly in late stage imperialism, doesn’t give us such imaginary luxuries. Whether you actively choose or not, you are picking a side.

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senryu
May. 25th, 2016 04:25 pm (UTC)
Speaking of Which...
The latest on algorithms replacing human judgment is not limited to comic book movies: http://www.rawstory.com/2016/05/we-need-to-know-the-algorithms-the-government-uses-to-make-important-decisions-about-us/
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