Civil Disobedience

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Ivan Ivanov Civil Disobedience In his essay “Civil Disobedience,” Henry David Thoreau opens by saying,“I heartily accept the motto, “That government is best which governs least”, and then clarifies that his true belief is “That government is best which governs not at all”. In Civil Disobedience, Thoreau evaluates the federal government critically, contending that it is an artificial institution created by the powerful while acknowledging that it is believed to serve a purpose and is likely to remain a feature of American life. Given these circumstances, in his essay on civil disobedience Thoreau encourages, in one of the
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Unformatted text preview: important quotes from "Civil Disobedience" by Thoreau that, every man make known what kind of government would command his respect [as] one step toward obtaining it. Civil disobedience is the strategy for articulating ones beliefs. As this thesis statement for "Civil Disobedience" by Henry David Thoreau suggests, the author defines the act of civil disobedience by explaining the thoughts and emotions that should guide it, and these include having a sense of rightness and moral conscience....
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