In it, Thoreau argues that individuals should not permit governments to overrule or atrophy their consciences, and that they have a duty to avoid allowing such acquiescence to enable the government to make them the agents of injustice. Thoreau was motivated in part by his disgust with slavery and the Mexican-American War.
Thoreau speaks boldly and unabashedly as he presents his libertarian views on government as well as on the great extent to which an individual must go to ensure that he has no part in any evil carried out by a government. He has harsh words for the vast majority of citizens, whom he admonishes for following the law rather than following what is morally right, and for being weak and hypocritical even in their critique of the government. Along the way, Thoreau makes brilliant and hard-hitting observations about society that cannot be denied and forces the reader to rethink the relationship between themselves and the state. The read is thought-provoking in the extreme.55
Always a promisingly good read. Definitely interesting to see where our country came from politically and how we progressed. Introduced interesting values and ideals. I agree mankind should be self governed and have hopes one day we can achieve this goal.55
Worst book ever 10/1055
A quick read that elegantly shows American Government is supposed to SERVE The People, and a reminder that all political power flows FROM The People. A bit anarchistic at times, but the principals hold up in contemporary society.45
In hard times, a reading like this one can influence an individual greatly and "civil disobedience"is one of many of Henry's profound essays. Also iBooks is amazing, thank you.55