Philosophy 24/7

A Podcast That Interviews Leading Philosophers About Pressing Moral and Political Issues.

The Just Riot?

With Avia Pasternak

Philosophers have justified wars - so why not justify the much lower level violence of a riot? If people have a just cause, why should they not retaliate against public property? Perhaps a racial minority has suffered violent discrimination - a riot might be the most viable way to draw attention to their plight. Avia Pasternak argues that a riot can be "proportional" and that we should judge riotors in the light of their cause.