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Joey Palmer
Oct. 18th, 2015
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Prof. Roliz

Throughout history, there has always been situations where an individual or group has rebelled against their government or religion. An individual is justified to rebel against his government when there's an excess of police brutality, that individual can be living in a nation where the government is not an ideal government, or unjust treatment of an ethnicity. There are many ways to rebel against ones government and/or religious institution, in the past rebelling has varied from protesting to a world wide revolution. Revolutionary leaders such as Che Guevara and Martin Luther King Jr. both lead groups which allowed people who rebelled against their government to obtain justice. Two philosophers who spoke on rebelling against their government or religion were Friedrich Nietzsche in “Morality as Anti-Nature” and Henry Thoreau in “Civil Disobedience.” A situation that occurred to justify an individuals rebellion against their government is the act of excess police brutality. A perfect example of excessive police brutality is the Eric Garner case. In this case Eric Garner was put in a choke hold by a New York City Police Department officer named Daniel Pantaleo, he ended up killing him and did not get indicted. This decision came nearly a week after a cop killed an unarmed African American, Michael Brown. This caused many people to walk and protest in Time Square chanting “This Stops Today” and “I Can't Breathe,” which were Eric Garner’s last words (NY Times). A more popular case that’s historical in American history is the Rodney King case. Rodney King was initially pulled over for a traffic violation where the officers proceeded in arresting him. Rodney King began to “resist arrest” and then the police officers brutally beat him over 50 times with a nightstick. The officers were brought on trial for this beating, and the case lasted a whole year. After all that time, the officers were acquitted for the charges brought against them. The Los Angeles residents reacted with anger and began to protest. This protest soon turned into a riot. Within the first 3 days of ending the trial, more than 50 people died and over 400 people were injured. Another dilemma that justifies an individual or group of people that rebel against their government is when a person is living in a nation where the government isn't an ideal government. An individual who rebelled against totalitarian control was Che Guevara (Marxist). Guevara was a Marxist who aided Fidel Castro in overturning the Cuban government and then worked in a political post. He served as a military advisor to Castro and led guerrilla troops in battle against Batista forces. Guevara helped Castro rebel against Batista's government because he seen the oppression caused by Cuban government. He believed in Communist ideals and after helping Castro overthrow the Batista Government, he went to help fight other countries where he was later killed in the Bolivian government. Henry Thoreau a well known philosopher also disagreed with the government. He talks about this in his book “Civil Disobedience,” claiming that the government rarely proves itself useful and that it derives its power from the majority (Jacobus).

In the book “Morality as Anti-Nature” philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche speaks about how humans have passions for certain things and denying ones passion is like denying reality. All living things are given desires by nature this is Nietzsche philosophy these desires are who we are and they define a person. Nietzsche rebels against religion he questions the existence of God by presenting the dilemma that “if God is good and if creations reveals his goodness, why do natures victim suffer.” In “Morality as Anti-Nature” he even goes on as far as to say “the practice of the church is hostile to life.” Nietzsche goes on to argue and rebel against these morals created by religion, as he believes that they limit humans in a nonsensical manner. Finally, a conflict that gives a good reason for a individual or group of people to rebel against their government is when a government treats certain race differently from another. A great example of this was segregation in America. For many years, colored people weren’t allowed to use the same bathroom, go to the same schools, or even sit in the same sections of the bus as white people. There were many violent acts against colored people that were practically thrown under the carpet because they weren’t looked at as equal. An individual who protested against this oppression of colored people was Martin Luther King Jr. Unlike Che Guevara, Martin Luther King Jr. protested in a peaceful manner, peaceful marches for justice. He eventually achieved gaining equal rights for colored people. Throughout history, there has always been some type of revolution against an individual’s government and ones religion. From the Civil War to our present day 2015 protests that happened in Baltimore. People have protested in peaceful ways to more irrational ways to get what they felt was justice. A few individuals to go against their government were Martin Luther King Jr. and Che Guevara. People like them who went against their government, protested because of excessive police brutality, individuals that is living in nation where the government is not an ideal government, or unjust treatment of a race. Also philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche expresses rebelling against religion due to morals of anti-nature.

Works Cited

Jacobus, Lee A., A World of Ideas, Boston, Beford/ St. Martin’s, 9th Edition, 2013
Yaffe,“Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara: a rebel against Soviet Politcal Economy”, Marxists.org, 2006, 21 Oct. 2015
Goodman,“Wave of Protests After Grand Jury Doesn’t Indict Officer in Eric Garner Chokehold Case”, New York Times, NYtimes.com, 3 Dec. 2014, 21 Oct. 2015

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