The Responsibility Of Civil Disobedience

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When answering a question such as this, one has to ask themselves their definition of a "free society." The most common response would probably fall along the lines of a society in which their citizens posses the inalienable right to excersize unlimited freedom whenever, however, and wherever they please. For instance the worldwide women's marches that took place early this year was a positive display of dissent for Trumps presidency. The march brought not just women but men together while conveying a healthy excersize of thousands' freedom of speech. Now at this point, assuming the unspoken rule of coexistence among one another, I would believe civil disobedience would positively impact the society as the want for change along with peaceful …show more content…
As Henry David Thoreau states in his "On the Duty of Disobedience" he believes that the best government pays “true respect to the individual,” and a person's natural rights, and those who don't “[have] no pure right over [his] personal and property but what [he concedes] to it.” Thoreau states “the authority of government...is still an impure one” because “to be strictly just, it must have the sanction and consent of the governed,” revealing that he distrusts government system itself, may is be a “democracy,… a absolute [monarchy, or] a limited monarchy.” Even though he “will cheerfully obey those who know and can do better than [him],” he rather there be a “glorious state” where the individual is “[recognized] as a higher and independent power, [and will be treated accordingly].” I can attend to his opinion because there is no one government that is completely transparent with their citizens and vise versa in such a way that an individual had not connived against. And it is with this distrust that peaceful resistance has emerged as the most effective and positively impacting way of …show more content…
Thoreau starts with the search of “one thaousand” all the way down to “one honest man, in the State of Massachusetts” to emphasize and exaggerate the fact that he won't find one person who would go against the grain to do what's right by “ceasing to hold slaves,” “[withdrawing] from this copartnership,” and going to jail to abolish slavery in America. This view can be turned to mirror today's society where so many are willing to fight for what they believe in. Many are will to accept the consequences that come with excersizing their ammendments to get the consequences for excersizing their ammendments outlawed. Public denounce should not be the cause of violence but a step towards change as peaceful resistance will enable

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