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Henry Thoreaus Civil Disobedience is his views on the relationship between man and his government He begins by saying that most governments are usually ineffective and all are sometimes He says that a government where a majority rules isnt just Men should do the right thing before following the law People who serve the state do so as machines and are not worthy Those who serve the state with their conscience are worthy yet not recognized as such Thoreau opines that people should rise up and revolutionize Just because there isnt a majority doesnt mean that they are wrong or that they should back down with their claims There are too many people who are against evils being done yet just sit back and dont do anything about them He argues that reform within the government isnt effective voting and petitioning for change does little People are not virtuous if they disapprove of measures taken by the govt yet still support and participate in it Also more money means less morals Thoreau then explains his one-night stay in jail for refusing to pay poll taxes as an example of peaceful protest He says that the state confronts a man only physically they can force him to become like themselves but not intellectually or morally He comes to pity the state because they cannot make him do what they want He is subject only to those who obey a higher law He does not believe that he should accept men as they are if they can be reformed In going against men he will stir some change Men in history have been rare that possessed a genius To be just authority must be based on the consent of its subjects and only do what they deem right He finishes by saying that if there are a few who wish to altogether alienated from the govt this is ok and would prepare the
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