Civil Disobedience Questions and Answers
by Henry David Thoreau

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At the end of the essay, what qualities does Thoreau envision in an ideal “perfect and glorious State”?

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For Thoreau, the ideal government is the government that governs least. His ideal is of a limited government with limited functions, leaving the individual with as much freedom as humanly possible. The government has no right over the individual's life and property beyond that which is granted by his express consent. The consent of the governed is a crucial principle for Thoreau. If it is not adhered to, then governments have an alarming tendency to act in a...

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