Examples Of Civil Disobedience

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Civil Disobedience: Good or Bad? How frequently do people consider “civil disobedience” in the modern world? Civil disobedience is carried out in order to attract the public to make adjustments in laws by reaching the government through civilized protesting movements. In other words, civil disobedience is not meant to cause destruction to private property or people, it does not include the acts of violence. However, it is considered to be an expression of society 's disagreement with a specific law. Whenever a nation wishes to make changes in the law of the country, it must decide whether or not it will use force to reach its goals. Some people attempt to act without violence and harming others or damaging properties of their neighbors. David …show more content…
The reason for writing this treatise was the Mexican-American War of 1846-1848 years by the US government against the will of the people. “’The government itself, which is only the mode which the people have chosen to execute their will,’” points out Thoreau, “’is equally liable to be abused and perverted before the people can act through it. Witness the present Mexican war, the work of comparatively a few individuals using the standing government as their tool; for in the outset the people would not have consented to this measure”’ (305). David Thoreau does not only criticize the common to our world wars, but he also condemns the government which does not act by the will of the people. The only measure of subordination of state power, he believes, is human conscience or moral duty. Because no one of the war started by a vote of the majority of people, the people have only one thing to refuse to support such a government, for example, by means of tax evasion. As David Thoreau states, he “’I have never declined paying the highway tax, because I am as desirous of being a good neighbor… It is for no particular item in the tax-bill that I refuse to pay it’” (319). Although, he was not only willing to be punished for his tax evasion, but also clearly justify …show more content…
Nevertheless, the main reasons for such an approach towards the political conflict was his personal responsibility and it he considered it as the main basis of his life. He advanced from the belief that, while those who do nothing to prevent being the slaves of a civilized society, are considered collaborators of unfairness and evil around them. In his mind, the society should resist to state violence, but surely through peaceful protests. This principle in the most important one that he left for society to follow. To conclude, David Thoreau’s life and social activities are a great example of peoples’ ability to indicate their political position without calling out to the authorities with violence. The movement for the civil rights of all people has proven that peace can provide the desired

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