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Civil Disobedience, by Henry David Thoreau Essay

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“Civil Disobedience” by Henry David Thoreau was a means of educating people on why they should not settle for a less than perfect government. Thoreau’s work is a reminder that it is our duty to throw off an unsatisfactory government, as stated by Thomas Jefferson in the “Declaration of Independence.” Civil Disobedience touches on the subject of why people choose to do nothing about a government they are unhappy with. People fear the consequences they might suffer if they do interfere with the current government. Thoreau stated people "cannot spare the protection of the existing government, and they dread the consequences to their property and families of disobedience to it" (Thoreau 681). Therefore, most people would not try to…show more content…
Refusing to pay taxes would be considered mostly harmless, however, they are others whose efforts to improve the government have gone drastically overboard and they cause harm to others. Some commit federal crimes against the government, such as a bombing. Since some means are violent and destructive, some may think Thoreau’s ideas cause more harm than good. Because Thoreau’s ideas conspire against the government, some would think his ideas would cause anarchy and/or chaos. Bei Dao’s poem “The Answer” was considered to be defiant towards the Chinese government during the 1960s and 1970s. In the poem, Dao states that "If a thousand challengers lie beneath your feet, Count me as number one thousand and one. (Dao)” Basically Dao is saying he was tired of seeing people being held back by a corrupt government. It was his hope that by writing about it, people would realize what was happening and stand up for themselves. Dao’s work gave many people hope that they could change the government, and that is exactly what happened. People protested against the government in the Tiananmen Square movements in 1979 and 1989. Consequently, the government changed the way in which it treated its people. There is plenty of evidence showing that a corrupt government is ruling society today. Politicians are often charged with some sort of financial crime. In addition, a large number of political leaders have lied to everyone about their actions while in
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