Problems of “Legitimacy”


Michael Walzer is in error when he says, “The `Call to resist illegitimate authority’ is . . . misnamed. It is a call to resist the immoral acts of legitimate authorities.” I am astonished that he thinks that political scientists and linguists like Raskin, Chomsky, Waskow, myself, etc. could make such a mistake.

We hold that the actions of the Administration are illegitimate, usurping, and threaten the essence of the Republic. They are not merely immoral or unjust. There has been sporadic talk of impeachment—which we do not press simply bec.;use the effort would be ineffectual, not because it is unjustified.