Thoughts on Civil Disobedience (3-23-08)

Thoughts on Civil Disobedience (3-23-08) - Thoughts On...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Thoughts On Civil Disobedience Dorian Dreher Thoreau had given many lectures on varying topics especially the one of his essay “Civil Disobedience”. The essay is a response to his detractors and motivated by his revulsion to slavery and the Mexican-American War. Thoreau asserts that, “government is best that governs least”. In fact, through his essay I feel that he believes government is more harmful than good. He gives examples as to why he believes so and shows that government in fact promotes apathy. The law and governing bodies were never meant to replace our own conscience but that is what Thoreau purported they had done. By placing representatives for ourselves in government, the people willfully gave up the right to think and act for themselves. Government in Thoreau’s eyes limited the individual to only his vote which is a less than expedient way to get things done and by the very nature of our republic can be voided. Thoreau asserts that if a law is unjust and cannot be
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 05/04/2008 for the course POSC 1 taught by Professor Cameron during the Fall '07 term at USC.

Page1 / 2

Thoughts on Civil Disobedience (3-23-08) - Thoughts On...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 2. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online