Must We Always Obey The State? Essay

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Must we always obey the state? A modern state can strongly be characterised as the embodiment of measures of rule, law and order and security. Its existence arguably has its basis ingrained in the principle of power and authority, impinged by particular representatives. The ‘state’, an ancient Greek term may be defined as an entity that has sovereign power and jurisdiction, with the right to rule within an encompassed region.[1] Also, for various political reasons, some countries join or separate to become new individual states; exemplified by Pakistan and India that is now identified separately. The word state, a ‘classical idea’ is generally used in a broad sense as a state not only demonstrates the organisation of government, but different bodies at various levels, which involves a legislature, courts and other institutions.[2] Although there may be different segments of the state present, its unity is evident and significant. The supremacy of such an entity includes having the authority over political, social and economical matters as its key functions include providing security for citizens from international and domestic sources, uphold and guard institutions and establish the country’s required legal framework.[3] In essence, its right to make laws and regulations causes individuals in the political community to obey. Obedience to the state is perhaps then understood as prerequisite to citizenship. Nonetheless, the sovereign body is limited by the natural rights of citizens.[4] Over recent decades, the issue of a duty of obedience to the law has been brought up. In the context of political theory, the issue of disobedience to the state requires careful analysis. This mode of rule can often be highly democratic or in some cases have a tyrannous, monarchical or fascist representative(s) who takes sovereignty. And so, in this case and many, it is

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