Are Rules Made to Be Broken? | Philosophy Tube | Summary and Q&A

July 20, 2018
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Examining the work of activists like Rosa Parks, this content explores whether the rule of law can be broken and the importance of activism in challenging bad laws.

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Key Insights

  • 👮 The scenario of an unbreakable law hinders activism by offering no room for dissent and societal change.
  • 🖐️ Breaking unjust laws has historically played a vital role in challenging oppressive systems and striving for equality.
  • 👮 The law should provide a moral environment that allows for dissent and revision, enabling the eradication of bad laws.
  • ❓ Technological advancements in predictive policing can perpetuate biases and reinforce systemic racism.
  • 👮 The enforcement of laws and the reduction of crime do not automatically indicate a healthy moral environment.
  • 👮 The ownership of algorithms and proprietary technology used in law enforcement can restrict transparency and citizen participation.
  • 👨‍⚖️ Criminal justice systems should consider the moral impact of their practices and actively work towards justice and fairness.


We're all familiar with the phrase 'rules are made to be broken.' But today, by examining the work of philosophers and activists like Rosa Parks, I want to ask: 'Is the rule of law also made to be broken?' Part 1: Breaking the Rules In his book 'To Save Everything Click Here,' writer Evgeny Morozov asks us to imagine a law that could never be broke... Read More

Questions & Answers

Q: Was Rosa Parks the first person to be arrested for breaking racially segregated bus seating rules?

No, Claudette Colvin, a 16-year-old, was arrested nine months prior to Rosa Parks for the same act of breaking the rules.

Q: Why is breaking bad laws considered morally necessary?

Breaking bad laws can shed light on the injustices they perpetuate and serve as a catalyst for change, making society a better place.

Q: Can unbreakable laws be reviewed in court?

No, unbreakable laws that are unjust and popular are unlikely to be reviewed in court, maintaining their enforcement and perpetuating injustice.

Q: What is Dworkin's perspective on the law?

Dworkin believes that the law is more than just a system of rules and that judges should consider fairness and justice in their decisions.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Evgeny Morozov envisions a technologically advanced bus system that can prevent activists like Rosa Parks from breaking unjust laws.

  • Rosa Parks' deliberate and pre-planned protest against racially segregated bus seating played a significant role in civil rights activism.

  • The law must allow for dissent and revision, with some crimes serving as a feature of a good legal system.

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