Weekend Reading

This is supposed to be my third installment in weekend reading. Instead, it’s a measley few links and it’s already the end of the weekend. Read if you’d like, and definitely follow through that last link to a massive link-dump that should carry you through the next few weeks. There probably won’t be a reading post next weekend, as I’ll be roaming the Capitol. Without further ado, read!

Mike Cosgrave takes a look at how to use Twitter in research as a historian, with the Arab Spring as an example.

Tired of everyone with a PhD telling you not to go to grad school? Jsench is, and he put together a brilliant post, chronicling why he’s happy with his decision. While I barely finished my undergrad, I feel some kind of connection with his view on why he went to grad school. It’s a long read, but it’s well worth it.

After protesting a land auction in 2008, Tim DeChristopher was sentenced to 2 years in jail and a $10,000 fine. If you want to read a little more into the action, there is a good summary at Politics Outdoors. What’s really worth reading – and you should take the time to read the whole thing – is DeChristopher’s closing statement in court:

The reality is not that I lack respect for the law; it’s that I have greater respect for justice.  Where there is a conflict between the law and the higher moral code that we all share, my loyalty is to that higher moral code.  I know Mr Huber disagrees with me on this.  He wrote that “The rule of law is the bedrock of our civilized society, not acts of ‘civil disobedience’ committed in the name of the cause of the day.”  That’s an especially ironic statement when he is representing the United States of America, a place where the rule of law was created through acts of civil disobedience.  Since those bedrock acts of civil disobedience by our founding fathers, the rule of law in this country has continued to grow closer to our shared higher moral code through the civil disobedience that drew attention to legalized injustice.  The authority of the government exists to the degree that the rule of law reflects the higher moral code of the citizens, and throughout American history, it has been civil disobedience that has bound them together.

And that’s about it. In closing, you should spend the rest of your weekend perusing ZunguZungu’s Sunday Reading – let’s be honest, I would have plucked a fair few readings from there anyways.

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