Angelic Troublemakers: Religion and Anarchism in America by A. Terrance Wiley

By A. Terrance Wiley

Angelic Troublemakers is the 1st targeted account of what occurs whilst non secular ethics, political philosophy, and the anarchist spirit intermingle. Wiley deftly captures the beliefs that encouraged 3 respected heroes of nonviolent disobedience―Henry Thoreau, Dorothy Day, and Bayard Rustin. Resistance to slavery, empire, and capital is a lifestyle, a transnational culture of suggestion and motion. This ebook is a needs to learn for somebody drawn to faith, ethics, politics, or legislation.

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But, as we have seen, the claim that the territorial state is necessary for the realization and protection of rights and freedom is just the sort of claim that Thoreau rejects. Thoreau suggests that the state, with its legal regime, is a dead institution that does not in practice serve the function that many theorists assert, so that it can be regarded as a false necessity. It quarrels with and attempts to subjugate foreigners. It taxes and conscripts persons in order to carry out its unjust designs, attempting to make all persons complicit in its unjust practices—it desperately runs amok against those who refuse to support its unjust practices, practices which themselves serve to perpetuate superfluous consumption.

His task was to demonstrate in practice the veracity of his bold claims about the self, to vindicate his own faith in humanity. Persons are called to acknowledge their higher selves and to act in ways that accord with such selves. ”19 Each reader is invited to follow Thoreau’s lead, to explore his or her self in relation to social institutions and practices, the natural environment, and his or her own web of beliefs about the self, world, and deity. Thoreau endeavors to identify beliefs and practices or ways of being that edify and enhance and those that degrade and diminish moral life.

Such rulers have insisted that obedience to positive laws of the state is a precondition to realization of individual moral virtuousness and also the common good. But in actual fact, says Thoreau, blindly complying with the laws or commands issued by political authorities merely impedes the realization of just conditions; it perpetuates injustice. And to respect the law and to comply with or to labor on behalf of the state is to surrender one’s moral autonomy, induce slumber, and become an agent of injustice.

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