Activism as a Moral Imperative
Webcast Q&A: Sunday, 11 September 2011, Question 1
In the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on 11 September 2011, I answered a question on activism as a moral imperative.
Should every person engage in some kind of political or cultural activism? Given the current abysmal state of the culture, might a moral person choose to live his own life based on rational principles, without advocating those principles? Is it moral to overlook the ever-increasing rights-violations by our government, rather than speaking out? Is it enough to offer moral support and/or financial support to other activists?
My Answer, In Brief: A person should not engage in activism as a grim moral duty, but rather as an expression and defense of his own values.
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