We should obey the law because?

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We should obey the law

  1. because it is good law

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  2. because it is the law

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    Why should we obey the law? Because we find the law to be good (or, if you prefer, not bad) or because it is the law.
     
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    I obey the law (some of the time) because and only because I don't want to go to prison. When I choose to disobey the law (which I do fairly frequently), I accept the possibility of negative consequences.
     
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    I obey the laws because I wouldn't be a very good girlfriend for some guy in prison.
     
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    Because it is the Law. In the US, you can protest and take steps toward repealing a Law if you disagree with it passionately. If you lose, you lose. Society needs to have some sort of cooperative system in place in order to maintain some minimum quality of life standards.

    Not that the Law stops me from doing much ; )
     
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    Hell, JB. It depends on the law. Some of them are good laws and things I would do anyway. Some of them I simply obey because it is the law and I'm not willing to accept the consequences of any other choice whether I agree with it or not. Occasionally I'm a rebel.
     
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    Which is why Rosa Paks moved to the back of the bus, because it was the law.
     
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    Which is why Rosa Parks moved to the back of the bus, because it was the law.
     
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    So you would turn in Anne Frank and runaway slaves in the name of Der Staat.

    Got it.
     
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    So we should obey it because it is good law, though pragmatically we obey some laws because it's not wrong enough to warrant rebellion?

    I concur.
     
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    I would only obey the laws that made good sense, but I'm afraid of going to jail, too, so unless my disobedience would only result in a misdemeanor, I'm obeying them.
     
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