Gandhi - Hoover 1 Jon Hoover RWS 100 11/13/06 Paper #3...

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Hoover 1 Jon Hoover RWS 100 11/13/06 Paper #3 Rough Draft Gandhi said that “the root of every violence or conflict is untruth and that the only permanent solution of conflict is truth”(Sinha 1). Consequently, to resolve conflicts, he conceived of a technique that he called Satyagraha. Thoreau argues that governments are typically more harmful than helpful and therefore not justified. He supports his claim by revising Jefferson’s definition of government by stating, “For government is an expedient, by which men would fain succeed in letting one another alone” (Thoreau 138). His definition is different than Jefferson’s in that Thoreau believes government is based on or marked by a concern for policy rather than principle. He debates whether or not the government is, like it should, acting in favor of the general public or only looking out for its own rights. He goes on to say, “This American government—what is it but a tradition , though a recent one, endeavoring to transmit itself unimpaired to posterity, but each instant losing some of its integrity”(Thoreau 138)? When a
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course RWS 100 taught by Professor Avner during the Fall '07 term at San Diego State.

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Gandhi - Hoover 1 Jon Hoover RWS 100 11/13/06 Paper #3...

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