Comment: There are two kinds of law...

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There are two kinds of law...

There is just law and unjust law. Just law is natural law and, essentially, universal. For example, do not aggress against others; do not steal from others.

Unjust law is anything that does not follow from natural law. For example, pay your taxes (setting aside for the moment the "show me the law" angle); do not drive faster than 75 mph; black people can't own firearms. These can also be called arbitrary laws.

The fact that a person is willing to suffer for the violation of arbitrary laws indicates his respect for the law as MLK says. But this is an error. Arbitrary laws deserve no respect. There is no virtue in suffering for them. There is virtue in disobeying them. I can see disobeying them boldly, as in the colonial "Tea Parties" and "tar and featherings." I see no reason to disobey them openly, civilly, or with willingness to accept the arbitrarily imposed penalties.