When All Else Fails: The Ethics of Resistance to State Injustice

Why you have the right to resist unjust government


Published (US):
Dec 8, 2020
Published (UK):
Dec 29, 2020
5.5 x 8.5 in.
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For centuries, almost everyone has believed that we must allow the government and its representatives to act without interference, no matter how they behave. We may complain, protest, sue, or vote officials out, but we can’t fight back. But in When All Else Fails, Jason Brennan argues that we have every right to react with acts of “uncivil disobedience” when governments violate our rights. We may resist arrest for violation of unjust laws. We may disobey orders, sabotage government property, or reveal classified information. We may deceive ignorant, irrational, or malicious voters. We may even use force to defend ourselves or others. The result is a provocative challenge to long-held beliefs about how citizens may respond when government officials act unjustly or abuse their power.

Awards and Recognition

  • One of Bloomberg Opinion's Favorite Nonfiction Books of 2018 (Stephen L. Carter)