“On Civil Disobedience” (1849)
Henry David Thoreau attempts to persuade readers to oppose unjust government policies in general, the Mexican War and the institutionof slavery in particular. On the other hand, he gave a different stereotype to the government. His distrust of government stems from the tendency of the latter to be "perverted and abused" before thepeople can actually express their will through it because many times the people were abused to support the Mexican American War. In particular this point was who change his ideas. Thoreau viewsgovernment as a fundamental hindrance to the creative enterprise of the people it purports to represent. He thought that the own people could represent itself to the government because many times thegovernment acted without consent of the people, without the respect of vote also without the respect of hear others.
Thoreau says it is the duty of all citizens to disobey unjust government policies. Theyshould express their opposition through acts of civil disobedience, such as refusing to pay taxes.
Thoreau talks about the honest people that became heroes, patriots and martyrs just becauseresistance to anything and especially treated as a enemies of the nation. The moral sense was the most important for him, on the other hand, he thought that I men could be the best men in the earth havingmoral and principles, those moral and principles the government was taking away. His way to talk to others and ideas were based, in Thoreau’s view, the Bible and the Constitution.
In some way, thepeople around Thoreau thought that resist could be worse than the evil, but they know if something happen will be the government fault. They were very upset with the ideas the state has provided forremedying the evil (problem) but they notice the change of the approval could take too long. They wanted answer the faster they could reach them. It was a hard movement but they do not wanted to lose...