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On the Duty of Civil Disobedience : Resistance to Civil Government

On the Duty of Civil Disobedience : Resistance to Civil Government
Catalog # SKU3494
Publisher TGS Publishing
Weight 1.00 lbs
Author Name Henry David Thoreau
ISBN 10: 1610337905
ISBN 13: 9781610337908
 
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On the Duty
of
Civil Disobedience


Resistance to Civil Government

by
Henry David Thoreau

I heartily accept the motto, "That government is best which governs least"; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically.

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Excerpt:

Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe- "That government is best which governs not at all"; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have. Government is at best but an expedient; but most governments are usually, and all governments are sometimes, inexpedient.

The objections which have been brought against a standing army, and they are many and weighty, and deserve to prevail, may also at last be brought against a standing government. The standing army is only an arm of the standing government.

The government itself, which is only the mode which the people have chosen to execute their will, is equally liable to be abused and perverted before the people can act through it. Witness the present Mexican war, the work of comparatively a few individuals using the standing government as their tool; for in the outset, the people would not have consented to this measure.

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? It has not the vitality and force of a single living man; for a single man can bend it to his will. It is a sort of wooden gun to the people themselves. But it is not the less necessary for this; for the people must have some complicated machinery or other, and hear its din, to satisfy that idea of government which they have.




60 pages - softcover, paperback

ISBN-10: 1610337905
ISBN-13: 9781610337908

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