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McKinnon: Issues in Political Theory 2e

Chapter 1

Plato’s Crito
http://classics.mit.edu/Plato/crito.html
Full text of Plato's dialogue, often regarded as the precursor to social contract theory.

Lectures on the Principles of Political Obligation
www.archive.org/details/PrinciplesOfPoliticalObligation
Free access to the lectures of T. H. Green, delivered at Oxford, 1879–80.  Green apparently first coined the expression 'political obligation'.

The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute
http://mlk-kpp01.stanford.edu/
A collection of resources on the role of Dr King in the American civil rights movement, and his philosophy of non-violent resistance.

The Popular Basis of Political Authority
press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/tocs/v1ch2.html
Documents relating to the notion of political authority as invoked in the US constitution, edited by Philip B. Kurland and Ralph Lerner, of the University of Chicago.

Protest.net
www.protest.net/
A protesters' portal, with details of upcoming campaigns on numerous issues, including: war, the death penalty, animal rights, and drug laws; also includes an 'activists' handbook'.

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
plato.stanford.edu/entries/political-obligation/
plato.stanford.edu/entries/authority/
plato.stanford.edu/entries/civil-disobedience/
Entries on political obligation, authority, and civil disobedience.

Tell Israel: Free the Shministim
http://december18th.org/
The website of a campaign, launched on 18th December 2008, on behalf of Israeli high school leavers imprisoned for refusing to serve in the Israeli Defense Force.

Thoreau's Civil Disobedience
thoreau.eserver.org/civil.html
Thoreau's essay, alternatively called 'Resistance to Civil Government', which influenced Gandhi and Dr King.  Web page also includes links to secondary commentaries.

UK Uncut
http://www.ukuncut.org.uk/
A British group that uses direct action to protest against the current government’s policy of cuts to public services.