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  •  Was Rosa Parks a vigilante? - nt (0+ / 0-)
    •  No (0+ / 0-)

      because all she risked was her own skin. There is an important place for passive resistance as we work to change things, but what Snowden did was far from passive resistance: it was a deliberate act of sabotage. There's an enormous difference between a Gandhi or a Rosa Parks versus an Edward Snowden.

      •  OK, but I didn't think the standard was how (0+ / 0-)

        much (or how little) of one's skin one had in the game, but rather the act of 'taking the law into one's own hand' that made one a 'vigilante.' according to the definition that you yourself deployed.

        The point is that both Parks and Snowden violated a law which they felt to be unjust, in the interests of obeying a 'higher law' (which we can call, for lack of a better word, "Justice"). Few people would call that vigiliantism. To put it bluntly, just because an action is legal does not make it just.

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