Civil Disobedience Questions and Answers
by Henry David Thoreau

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Do you agree or disagree with Thoreau's "Civil Disobedience"?

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In theory, I agree with Thoreau's ideas. The claim that we ought to always follow our conscience and never do anything that will, in any way, go against our sense of what is just and right seems to make a great deal of sense to me. Further, Thoreau's claim that the majority is not always right seems true as well; rather than follow the majority, or even the law, it seems incumbent on each of us to behave in accordance with our own consciences. For example, Thoreau opted not to pay his poll tax because he did not want to contribute money to a government that might use it to support the unjust institution of slavery or an unjust war with Mexico. He accepted the consequence that he would go to jail, even arguing that jail is the proper place for a just man in an unjust society to be. Likewise, if I choose not to pay my taxes because I disagree with something our government does, I will also go to jail. If I go to jail, though,...

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