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Henry David Thoreau often took extreme positions on the issue of government and its role in society To this somewhat rebellious transcendentalist government should not govern people at all and law was often meant to be broken Thoreaus belief in individualism was so strong in fact that it seems he often took sides on an in issue simply to be in favor of the minority whether the majority was right or wrong Certainly it is important for one to be himself and stand up for what he believes in However to Thoreaus statement that that government is best which governs not at all is a bit extremeSome form of government is necessary first and foremost to prevent chaos and widespread disorder Without laws and consequences for breaking those laws people will do exactly what pleases them without regard to how it affects others Theft and murder will become everyday occurrences because men without ethics will see no reason not to commit these crimes In fact the entire population may ending killing themselves off In addition to an increase of crime a significant increase in poverty is likely to occur without government leadership Without government funding public schools hospitals and transportation would be nonexistent This in conjunction with the lack of welfare funds would obviously lead to a society of poor uneducated Webb 2 and sickly people Without a doubt a society must be under the rule of a strong government power in order to function properlyThoreaus statement is also too harsh because it has no regard
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