Civil Disobedience Questions and Answers
by Henry David Thoreau

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Does Thoreau have a valid argument in the essay, "Civil Disobedience"? Can you give me some ideas on your thoughts about it.

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To this day, Henry David Thoreau's theme of the inalienable right of the individual to answer to a higher power by following moral law over civil law remains a powerful and influential piece of writing. Certainly, his method of non-violent resistance and protest has been emulated by such world figures as Matahma Ghandi and Martin Luther King, Jr. as well as by groups such as those who protested against what turned out to be an unnecessary Vietnam War and others who staged "sit-ins" in objection to policies or laws.

Thoreau's argument that the government is not right simply because a majority rules by being "the strongest" is in keeping with John Stuart Mill's cautions against the "tyranny of the majority." In contemporary times the proof of Thoreau's wisdom regarding this statement has been clearly apparent as powerful special...

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