Essay about Civil Disobedience By Henry David Thoreau

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As it was stated in the Declaration of Independence, “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security” (Jefferson). America was founded on the belief that it is the right and the duty of the people to adjust Government if Government needs correcting, and defy Government under certain conditions if Government does not carry out its job, which is to protect the people. The moral of the officeholders in our country is one such matter that the people should check. In the book “Civil Disobedience” (Part One) by Henry David Thoreau, the author explains that the people we elect into office are not always the best pick for the job. “ After all, the practical reason why, when the power is once in the hands of the people, a majority are permitted, and for a long period continue, to rule, is not because they are most likely to be in the right, nor because this seems fairest to the minority, but because they are physically the strongest.” (Thoreau)
Thoreau explains in this quote that the person that is “physically the strongest” will rule. Not because they are “most likely to be right” or “fairest to the minority” but because of their physical strength. Thoreau is using physical strength as a metaphor for popularity and power. In addition to these arguments, Thoreau also…

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