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Jennifer Miller EOC1102 Dr. Hunte February 21, 2016 Thoreau, H. Civil Disobedience The citizen exists because of the government, and for the government, and yet the citizen does not need the government. This writing, “Civil Disobedience,” details the flaws in a system of organization for society. Henry Thoreau insinuates that humanity is imperfect, for if man were perfect, he would not need government. The series of steps lining up to the notion of a society without government is a long-lasting battle throughout history. Without government, there is crime and anarchy, and with it there is suffocation and oppression. In short, a man has two options: kill himself, or have someone else (the government,) do it for him. Thoreau stresses that a man is not judged by his intention, but only by the consequence of his action. This may translate into the government’s intervention being a hindrance despite its intention of furthering a society. Thoreau writes that one may “serve the devil, without intending it, as God.” (page 259). So what does it mean for one who commits
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