Civil Disobedience

March 5, 2009
Singapore Democrats

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Two acts of civil disobedience in the twentieth-century history of the United States: (1) In the 1920s much of the population decided to ignore the constitutional prohibition on alcohol consumption, and (2) in 1980s they decided to ignore the 55-mile-per-hour speed limit.

Their decisions ultimately destroyed those restrictions, which failed because the cost of enforcement especially surveillance, was incompatible with a free society.

Here Comes Everybody, by Clay Shirky