4.7 – OBEDIENCE to Tyrants due to :- Moral Obligation (4 of 10)

April 7th, 2012

This is Ethiopian Review Policy Research Center’s series on From Dictatorship to Democracy extracted/quoted from books and articles published by Albert Einstein Institution and similar sources.


Tyrant:- A ruler who is exercising absolute power by violating rule of law.
Fascist:- A ruler who is abusing the human rights of oppositions and perceived enemies.

A refusal to cooperate is all that is needed to render a Fascistic regime powerless.

Moral obligation is the belief that an act is one prescribed by a person’s set of values. It is also a duty, which one owes, and which one ought to perform, but is not legally bound to fulfill. This “inner constraining power” is the product of cultural programming and deliberate indoctrination by the state, church and media.

Moral obligation (or the “common good of society”) comes from the assumption that “the laws protect all citizens,” people sometimes feel a moral obligation to obey even the most hated tyrants because they want to “maintain order” and feel that the “laws are made for people to respect them”.

It is the job of a nonviolent movement to point out that when laws are not legitimate, they do not protect the society, and sometimes it can be a moral obligation to disobey certain law.

God does not give political power, people provide it.

Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God” echoes the Declaration of Independence:
“We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. . . whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive to these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”…..greatseal

Moral obligation is overthrowing the greedy tyrants and standing firmly for just rules of law.

To view the Practical Definition in Action of Moral Obligation, WATCH THE SHORT UTUBE REPORT BELOW: