Saturday, April 17, 2010
Henry David Thoreau’s “Resistance to Civil Government”
Here, the writer, Henry David Thoreau, describes and justifies his refusal to pay his poll tax which he hasn’t paid for six years, and he is jailed for such. He says here that he doesn’t believe in the government because he heartily accepts the motto “That government is best which governs least…” The American government, according to him, has no integrity, imposing on men for its own good, not keeping the country free. Its men, such as the soldiers, are just like moving machines that do their work even if such is against their will, their consciences.
Thoreau says something about allegiance, revolution, voting, cheating in the government, moral questions, and about a Confucius saying, among others.
Sad to say, what are depicted in this essay are realistic. But no matter how imperfect any government is, a country needs to be governed so as to have less chaos.