> not necessarily, though. It depends on the system you're living
> in: who makes the law? In dictatorships or with
> "enlightened" despots, it's not the majority. In
> democracies, it is generally the majority (I omit some very
> tricky cases).
> "Laws are too aligned with culture ..." you write.
> Yes. What is not? What you may consider morally wrong (not
> necessarily illegal, though) also depends on cultural values.
> There were indeed times when people thought that slavery was
> morally NOT wrong; the laws followed. There was a time when the
> German people agreed that Jews are rankless citizens, laws
Yes, but we've already agreed that what is lawful is irrelevant. In any culural context, burning Jews is wrong!
> There have been moments in which other people found that slavery
> and racial discrimination was morally wrong, they made their
> point very clear, and the law followed.
> So, and this goes back to the point about activism, it has been
> much more fruitful to continue to explain and argue about
> opinions, being explicit about your views, and not admitting
> fake representations, than to burn buildings, insult people or
> what not.
This, historically, is preposterous! The Jews that survived the holocaust were not rescued by people continuing "to explain and argue about opinions"! Oppressive regimes simply do not admit such discussion. Do you think that the sufragettes were misguided? If they were, at least what they did WORKED, and quickly, where decades of explanation and argument had not done.
> When violence wins from communication, totalitarianism is
> knocking on the door.
What if communication is rebuffed? What if the situation can be seen to demand urgent action?
My ONLY problem with so-called terrorism in the name of animal rights is that it then becomes more difficult to condemn the actions of extreme anti-abortionists. But it can be done!
For the record, I do not support violence against people. (In part, but only in part, this is because of the problem of public perception.) I do not have a problem, however, with "extremists" who vandalise and destroy property, demonstrate, and insult and harrass those responsible for the suffering of others. These tactics can be seen to WORK, and are made necessary by the fact that attempts to engage authorities in discussion are ignored.