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Jul 04, 2018
Jan 12, 2016Or how to not let yourself be manipulated by any kind of authority.An essay that states some of the basic ideas of being a human being, the way I see it. It should be taught in schools.
Sep 12, 2014Civil Desobedience
Jan 22, 2017This is a very interesting read. Though the language can seem a bit old and hard to get through and understand the message is important and rings out loud and clear. Many people are content to sit around and wait for the right thing to happen but in order for the right the to happen there must be action. If laws are unjust it is your duty to break those laws. So many people forget the actions of the founders of the US were treasonous. Sometime the only way to stand up for what is right is to This is a very interesting read. Though the language can seem a bit old and hard to get through and understand the message is important and rings out loud and clear. Many people are content to sit around and wait for the right thing to happen but in order for the right the to happen there must be action. If laws are unjust it is your duty to break those laws. So many people forget the actions of the founders of the US were treasonous. Sometime the only way to stand up for what is right is to work outside the law. It can be hard but it is always important to fight for what you think is right. ...more
Oct 24, 2010Well, I'm still pondering what I think about this essay, so I'm not quite sure what I'd like to say about it yet. It is different than what I expected. I always thought of Thoreau's "Civil Disobedience" as the work that inspired non-violent protests like 1960s sit-ins and Gandhi's hunger strikes--and it IS an inspiration, but it is not about those types of actions, as far as I can tell.
Dec 07, 2019The safest investments are in old friends and old books. Friends, books, and wine get better with age.
Sep 28, 2011Was a wonderful experience to read it in parallel with The Prince.
Jul 13, 2018I have read excerpts from this essay over the years and have finally finished it. I wonder if there is a more timely book - truly the people need to take this book to heart if there is to be any hope of civility ever returning to America. Thoreau points out that passively accepting the political whims of leaders we become our own worst enemy; and once this happens we can only appeal to the state to remedy our own problems. A true classic that intersects so many social issues.
Nov 26, 20185 Stars--unequivocally Rocks my World.
Feb 17, 2017I'm not really sure how to review this. Something to come tomorrow maybe after I think about it for a bit.
Aug 07, 2018I read this as an undergraduate. I am adding it to my list now because I just saw another GR friend's review and thought I should speak up.
Nov 13, 20193.25|5
Feb 25, 2017"Can there not be a government in which majorities do not virtually decide right and wrong, but conscience?"
Apr 16, 2015I might have liked this book ten years ago. Now it's just too basic. The ideas represented here seem so obvious, if of course, you believe what Thoreau says is the right way to do things. I don't believe his theory of individual civil disobedience would actually work in today's world.
Mar 24, 2015Needed a break from editing and read Civil Disobedience for the first time. Loved it. It's a key piece of literature that I think everyone should read, not just in America, but all over the world concerning everything that is occurring in governments all across the world.
May 16, 2019I was alternately impressed and annoyed with this essay. Thoreau made an excellent point about the Mexican War that still applies to the wars and interventions we're involved with today. His point was that a small group in our government decide these military endeavors, and the people themselves have no say in it.
Feb 21, 2010I would love to have met this man in person. What a brilliant wit and iron nerve to say what he did, when he did, and how he did, to whom he did. For the contemporary patriot who doesn't quite know where he stands, this work will test his devotion, and force an analysis of his political thinking.
Nov 10, 2017War and Taxes
Feb 13, 2013Five stars for the importance of the topic Thoreau discusses; one star because his answer is absurdly wrong (and simplistic).
Jan 07, 2017What I have to do is to see, at any rate, that I do not lend myself to the wrong which I condemn.
Jan 08, 2020Privileged White Boy Spends One Night Sulking in Jail, Emerges As Enlightened Intellectual Rebel Genius and Only Real Victim of Oppression
Nov 20, 2017YES. WORTH READING!
Sep 17, 2018Written before the civil war, the tension on ethics and rights of man are evident. Thoreau marks that a government is prone to corruption and it's the responsibility of the individual to speak out and protect the rights of all.
Mar 23, 2020the ideas presented are great but thoreaus way of putting them into words isin my opinionawful. despite knowing what he was trying to convey I kept getting lost after each sentence, reading this was a nightmare. the ideas presented are great but thoreau’s way of putting them into words is—in my opinion—awful. despite knowing what he was trying to convey I kept getting lost after each sentence, reading this was a nightmare. ...more
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