Civil Disobedience Questions and Answers
by Henry David Thoreau

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Thoreau argues in "Civil Disobedience" that men who choose to act according to their consciences are treated like enemies of the state. What does this mean? Do you think that this is still true in today's society? Why?

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In his opening lines of "Civil Disobedience ," Thoreau states that he believes that "government is best which governs least" (Thoreau). Thoreau firmly believes that the government should not be involved in and should not dictate his daily affairs, and that if he does not agree with the government he is within his full right to protest against it. Thoreau believes that one of the ways to disobey the government is to refuse to pay taxes that go toward financing government actions that he disagrees with. During Thoreau's lifetime, he was vehemently against two big issues that his government endorsed:...

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