On the Duty of Civil Disobedience (An American Litary Classic) Kindle Edition
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From the Back Cover
- ASIN : B00P3MADXO
- Publisher : Wilder Publications (October 31, 2014)
- Publication date : October 31, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 1211 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 48 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1523263660
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #423,286 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book should be required reading for any American historian or student of politics in America. Tissues brought up in this book are relevant as much now as when HDT wrote the book.
As to this specific version of the book; it's a cheap paperback that you won't feel bad writing in or giving away. The print may be smaller than most people care for, but it gets the job done!
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This might as well be the narrative for the next decade. If we do nothing we become the next slaves.
Thoreaus' powerful essay on Government, the rights of man and why we should be civilly disobedient are a timeless classic.
He is bang on when he states Governments do neither challenge or control us intellectually, their only tool to subvert the masses to their bidding, is force, via police or army.
Government of course is not their to subvert us to their wishes, rather they are meant to be there to serve our wishes, to listen to the people that placed them in power and to structure as much as possible around what is best for us, what we want, not what they think is best.
As his parting shot he mentions that he doubts a Government will ever truly be for the people, certainly that theory has held up, Socialism is a failed ideology and Labour fighting for the working class is a joke.
Strongly recommend reading this essay, a timeless classic particularly suitable reading material under the current climate.
As one matures in both years and wisdom, however, while the words of individuality still ring true, we find another message that was there all along, yet hidden from our then self-absorbed eyes. That word is libertarianism. Thoreau equally claims that no one, including the elected officialdom of government, should put any barriers to our desires, no matter how narcissistic and destructive they may be. Selfishness and neoconservatism are but a mere step from complete godliness.
Obviously, the path to a successful and meaningful life lies somewhere between these juxtapositions. Yes, be yourself and all you were meant to be but do not do so when it demeans or interferes with the lives of other worthwhile beings who are also on the road to their self-fulfillment. Your desires, in conjunction with others, can both be fulfilled together. I wonder if Thoreau ever came to realize that we are not only responsible for the progress of own self worth but for the personal fulfillment of those around us as well?