Role Of Government In Civil Disobedience

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Henry David Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience shows his dislike of the government. We live in a world where everything we do is related to the government. There are many things that happen in which the citizens do not agree with but we have to or get ourselves killed or into jail. There are many things that the government has not done right but I do not believe that we should have a government at all as Thoreau suggested. The government should not be used to control the people but to direct them in the right direction. Henry Thoreau writes about how maybe we should not even have a government because the government does not do much. The government did not keep us free, settle the west, or educate us but instead the people did these things. He believes that things would be more successful if the government did less interfering. The government us what brings out the evil in people because when people have too much respect for their government and laws they seem to not remember their conscience. Like soldiers who are trained to kill even innocent ones because we are in a war and that is what the government wants them to do. “The mass of men serve the state thus, not as men mainly, but as machines, with their bodies. Such command no more respect than men of straw or a lump of dirt…yet such as these even are commonly esteemed good citizens.”…show more content…
We have amendments written telling us that we are free and have the freedom of speech and yet some protesters are wither beaten or put into jail because of what they believe is right. I believe that the government should step in when the protesters are out of hand and start harming the environment or pedestrians. Thoreau experienced the consequence of not obeying to the law. “They only can force me who obey a higher law than I…what sort of life were that to live? When I meet a government which says to me, ‘Your money or your life’” Thoreau was put into jail for not paying his
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