Civil disobedience is certainly not a new notion, and there's a long
tradition of times when history has shown it to be necessary
The authors of the Declaration of Independence stated conditions
under which they felt civil disobedience is justified.
"Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established
should not be changed for light and transient causes; and
accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more
disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves
by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a
long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same
object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism,
it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and
provide new Guards for their future security."
-- Declaration of Independence
References to other sources justifying civil disobedience are given
at the end of this chapter.