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On the duty of civil disobedience

Henry David Thoreau

On the duty of civil disobedience

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Published by Peace News in London .
Written in English


Edition Notes

Statement[by] Henry David Thoreau ; introduction by Gene Sharp.
SeriesPeace News pamphlet
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL13787739M

This is, in fact, the definition of a peaceable revolution, if any such is possible. A book still so very pertinent to someone yearning to be free. Thoreau believes that the real obstacle to reform lies with those who disapprove of the measures of government while tacitly lending it their practical allegiance. He was released the next day when "someone interfered, and paid that tax".

Thoreau further argues that the United States fits his criteria for an unjust government, given its support of slavery and its practice of aggressive war. Project Gutenberg updates its listing of IP addresses approximately monthly. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which I also believe,—"That government is best which governs not at all;" and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have. On the other hand, he refuses to tolerate the status quo. Most recently updated: January 28, This is not to say that you have an obligation to devote your life to fighting for justice, but you do have an obligation not to commit injustice and not to give injustice your practical support.

Let him see that he does only what belongs to himself and to the hour. While in prison, Thoreau realizes that the On the duty of civil disobedience book advantage of the State is "superior physical strength. He declares, "I cannot for an instant recognize that political organization as my government which is the slave's government also. If you paid a fee for obtaining a copy of or access to a Project Gutenberg-tm electronic work and you do not agree to be bound by the terms of this agreement, you may obtain a refund from the person or entity to whom you paid the fee as set forth in paragraph 1. I saw that the State was half-witted, that it was timid as a lone woman with her silver spoons, and that it did not know its friends from its foes, and I lost all my remaining respect for it, and pitied it. A very few, as heroes, patriots, martyrs, reformers in the great sense, and men, serve the State with their consciences also, and so necessarily resist it for the most part; and they are commonly treated by it as enemies.


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On the duty of civil disobedience by Henry David Thoreau Download PDF Ebook

Civil Disobedience

Soldiers have no opportunity to exercise moral sense, reduced to the existence comparable to that of a horse or dog.

Expediency does not take precedence over justice; people must do what justice requires regardless of cost--indeed, even if the cost is one's own life. Witness the present Mexican war, the work of comparatively a few individuals using the standing government as their tool; for in the outset, the people would not have consented to this measure The enslavement of one sixth of the population and the invasion of Mexico represent tremendous injustices that we must not allow to continue.

But, to speak practically and as a citizen, unlike those who call themselves no-government men, I ask for, not at once no government, but at once a better government.

Along these lines, Thoreau does not advocate a wholesale rejection of government, but resistance to those specific features deemed to be unjust or immoral.

On the Duty of Civil Disobedience (Version 2)

Section 1. It exists because of the efforts of hundreds of volunteers and donations from people in all walks of life. Hardly one. Government is at best but an expedient; but most governments are usually, and all governments are sometimes, inexpedient. On the duty of civil disobedience book 1 Page 2 Summary Thoreau begins Civil Disobedience by saying that he agrees with the motto, "That government is best which governs least.

The purest sources of truth are, in Thoreau's view, the Constitution and the Bible. But if the law is itself clearly unjust, and the lawmaking process is not designed to quickly obliterate such unjust laws, then Thoreau says the law deserves no respect On the duty of civil disobedience book it should be broken.

It is not armed with superior wit or honesty, but with superior physical strength. Most people start at our Web site which has the main PG search facility: www.

Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison It is a sort of wooden gun to the people themselves; and, if ever they should use it in earnest as a real one against each other, it will surely split.

Email contact links and up to date contact information can be found at the Foundation's web site and official page at www. They will wait, well disposed, for others to remedy the evil, that they may no longer have it to regret. Thoreau believes that the real obstacle to reform lies with those who disapprove of the measures of government while tacitly lending it their practical allegiance.

If they pay the tax from a mistaken interest in the individual taxed, to save his property or prevent his going to jail, it is because they have not considered wisely how far they let their private feelings interfere with the public good.

Rather, these achievements come from the character of the American people, and they would have been even more successful in these endeavors had government been even less involved. Do not copy, display, perform, distribute or redistribute this electronic work, or any part of this electronic work, without prominently displaying the sentence set forth in paragraph 1.

Civil Disobedience Summary

Such a fundamental immorality justifies any difficulty or expense to bring it to an end. I cast my vote, perchance, as I think right; but I am not vitally concerned that that right should prevail. The question On the duty of civil disobedience book becomes how to behave toward the American government.

I think that it is enough if they have God on their side, without waiting for that other one. But we love better to talk about it: that we say is our mission. Thoreau calls on his fellow citizens to withdraw their support from the government of Massachusetts and risk being thrown in prison for their resistance.Nov 18,  · On the Duty of Civil Disobedience, called Civil Disobedience for short, is an essay by American transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau that was first published in /5(2).

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It criticizes American social institutions and policies, most prominently slavery and .Check out this great listen on galisend.com Thoreau wrote his famous essay, "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience", as a protest against an unjust but popular war and the immoral but popular institution of slave-owning.

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