Thoreau's Argument Against The Government

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Albert Einstein once said, “Never do anything against the conscience even if the state demands it”. This is meaning that individuality should be overruled by the government. Whether it be religion, morals, or just against the conscience, people should never be forced to do things against their wishes. Henry David Thoreau also agrees with Albert Einstein. He believes that the less the government interacts and directly affects the people the better. “But, just speak practically and as a citizen, unlike those who call themselves no-government men, ask for, not at once no government, but at once a better government” (Thoreau). The government cannot possibly represent each individual within their every belief; therefore, all individuals …show more content…
The first circumstance that it is appropriate to go against the government is if the government is being over controlling. The United States government is a democracy. A democracy means that the country is run as a whole population. Therefor, the entire American population should have a say in what happens in their country. This is why the people vote who they deem fit to make life impacting decisions about the country. "The government itself, which is only the mode which people have chosen to execute their will, is equally liable to be abused and perverted before the people can ask through it” (Thoreau). If the candidates that the people voted for change their views or were pretending to have certain viewpoints on different matters, then the people have every right to go against the government. The government overall, as a whole is only a small percentage of the population; furthermore, what they say that they will stand for should not be able to change once …show more content…
Also, it is appropriate to go against the government if done so peacefully. Back in the day, equality was something that was not typically found. Throughout the world, quality is not the same. Whether it be about ethnicity, religion, or gender the government should not be able to endorse any form of prejudice. If the government is endorsing any form of mistreatment or any quality than the people have every right to go against their government. Almost everyone knows debatably one of the most iconic peaceful protest demonstrated by Rosa parks. It was on that day that Rosa Parks became a strong symbol for equal rights and on how peaceful tactics are effective. Rosa Parks was an average African American woman who paid her normal bus toll to get home after a tiresome day at work. A white male had also paid the bus toll and Rosa Parks was told to stand and give up her seat for this man. Rosa Parks simply refused and the police had to come to arrest her. This peaceful miniature protest of hers is what sparked a national debate. Based off of the actions taken against Rosa Parks, the black community refused to ride buses so it would damage the buses business and demand for further equality peacefully. The colored wanted more equality and felt mistreated because of all the racism and hardships that they were put through on a daily basis. Martin Luther King Junior

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