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On the Duty of Civil Disobedience

Henry David Thoreau, 1849


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Resource IDthoreau1849
Resource titleOn the Duty of Civil Disobedience
Author/sourceHenry David Thoreau
Date published 1849
Summary text/ abstractI 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. 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 the will have. Government is at best but an expedient; but most governments are usually, and all governments are sometimes, inexpedient. 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.
Library categoriesAnarchism & Action, Direct Action & Protest, Politics
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