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Choose one theorist of civil disobedience Gandhi and one critic or opponent Fanon Compare and contrast their views Which points are most convincing and which are least convincing Make sure to provide reasons to support your conclusions Henry David Thoreau was a very influential advocate for the civil rights He is the author of Civil Disobedience which sparked a lot of controversy and was either accepted or rejected by future reformers Thoreau opens Civil Disobedience with the quote That government is best which governs least thus he is heavily in favour of governments that heavily infringe or bother peoples lives The prime concern of the concept of Civil Disobedience was the right of revolution all men are entitled to and that individual conscience should rule Majority rule is merely based in numbers and not justice If something is unjust an individual may take part in acts of civil disobedience Thoreau felt that this was a method that would influence change An individual must not support the structure of a government that is unjust and must break the law if necessary For example Thoreau refused to pay his taxes because he disagreed with The Mexican War Thoreaus notion of civil disobedience is a very significant and was accepted by influential reformers such as Martin Luther King Gandhi Rawls and Habermans However it was also deemed not useful and was rejected by Fanon Shelby and Scott Two theorists that can easily be compared and contrasted are Gandhi and Fanon Gandhi and Fanon were both involved in movements of national independence and decolonization However the both used different method Gandhi was an elaborate theorist of civil disobedience and practised it during the British Colonial era in India Fanon however was a direct critic of civil disobedience and opposed it on the jurisdiction that violence was the answer to achieving ones goalGandhi was born during British Colonialism in India He was married at a young age
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