Resistance to Civil Government (Civil Disobedience) is an essay by American transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau that was first published in In it. Results 1 – 30 of 43 Desobediencia Civil by Henry David Thoreau and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at Aug 31, &IJ (” 9 # 14 &K & 8 9 I ” 4 B & IJ ” ” 4 V 9 15 D (! D (9 28 & ]4 R, X %&8 A & ” ” &! & 29 “! Desobediência Civil – Henry David Thoreau.

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Sobre el deber de la desobediencia civil

Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison This is the latest dwsobediencia revisionreviewed on 20 December People who proclaim that the war in Mexico is wrong and that it is wrong to enforce slavery contradict themselves if they fund both things by paying taxes.

Based on the Writings of Thomas Jefferson: Law never made men a whit more just; and, by means of their respect for it, even the well-disposed are daily made the desobediencka of injustice. Because the government will retaliate, Thoreau says he prefers living simply because he therefore has less to lose. A minority is powerless while it conforms to the majority; it is not even a minority then; but it is irresistible when it clogs by its whole weight.

The judgment of an individual’s conscience is not necessarily inferior to the decisions of a political body thoraeu majority, and so “[i]t is not desirable to cultivate a respect for desobeviencia law, so much as for the right.

Commentary on Today’s Social and Political Issues: Views Read Edit View history. The question here is not just about one of the numerous individual cases in the struggle between a truth powerless to act and a power that has become the enemy of truth.

The only obligation which I have a right to assume is to do at any time what I think right Others who are said to have been influenced by Civil Disobedience include: Archived from the original on September 22, Tuchin Revolt Harelle Peasants’ Revolt. In the case of the United States, the Constitution itself enshrines the institution of slavery, and therefore falls under this condemnation.


A lifelong abolitionistThoreau delivered an impassioned speech which would later become Civil Disobedience injust months after leaving Walden Pond. Available at the Internet Archive. Cast your whole vote, not a strip of paper merely, but your whole influence. Democracy is no cure for this, as majorities simply by virtue of being majorities do not also gain the virtues of wisdom and justice. The Editor and G. He considered it an interesting experience and came out of it with a new perspective on his relationship to the government and its citizens.

American civil rights leader Dr. I should feel as if I were worth less in that case.

For instance, Mahatma Gandhi used this interpretation to suggest an equivalence between Thoreau’s civil disobedience and his own satyagraha. Thoreau asserts that because governments are typically more harmful than helpful, they therefore cannot be justified.

Indian independence leader Mohandas Gandhi a. It was the concrete, the personal element, hejry “here and now” of this work that won me over.

This is not to say that you have an obligation to devote your life to fighting for justice, but you do have an obligation not to commit injustice and not to give injustice your practical support. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which I also believe,—”That government is best which governs not at all;” and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have. Is a democracy, such as we know it, the last improvement possible in government?

Here, in this courageous New Englander’s refusal to pay his taxes and his choice of jail rather than support a war that would spread slavery’s territory into Mexico, I made my first contact with the theory of nonviolent resistance.

The teachings of Thoreau came alive in our civil rights movement; indeed, they are more alive than ever before.


Sometimes people assume that civil in this case means “observing accepted social forms; polite” which would make civil disobedience something like polite, orderly disobedience.

His essay has, therefore, been sanctified by suffering. Coates, Robert Eyler He was released the next day when “someone interfered, and paid that tax”.

In it, Thoreau argues that individuals should not permit governments to overrule or atrophy their consciencesand that they have a duty to avoid allowing such acquiescence to enable the government to make them the agents of injustice. Although this is an acceptable dictionary definition of the word civilit is not what is intended here.

Gillin, Joshua September 21, Thoreau “Civil Disobedience” “. Putnam New York, The government, according to Thoreau, is not just a little corrupt or unjust in the course of doing its otherwise-important work, but in fact the government is primarily an agent of corruption and injustice.

Civil Disobedience (Thoreau) – Wikipedia

Existentialist Martin Buber wrote, of Civil Disobedience. Government is at best but an expedient; but most governments are usually, and all governments are sometimes, inexpedient. Thoreau points out that the same people who applaud soldiers for refusing to fight an unjust war are not themselves willing to refuse to fund the government that started the war.

But if the law is itself clearly unjust, and the lawmaking process is not designed to quickly obliterate such unjust laws, then Thoreau says the law deserves no respect and it should be broken.

Henry David Thoreau Core works and topics. He went to gaol for the sake of his principles and suffering humanity. Such a fundamental immorality justifies any difficulty or expense to bring it to an end.