?Civil Disobedience?, a short story written by Henry David Thoreau, is a novel written about the early stages of the American government and policies Thoreau believed they should follow. Although this document was written in 1846 all of the points that Thoreau makes are still valid today. Thoreau was a strong supporter of the common man; he didn?t believe that an all-powerful government could be effective. He worried about a strong government encroaching in on the lives of the people that it serves. His concerns were that those who would take power would be liable to ?abuse or pervert? the authority that they are trusted with. Today?s modern government is doing many of the same things that Thoreau warned about one hundred and fifty five years ago, yet many citizens of today?s society seem generally unconcerned. A government cannot steal the freedom which Americans have fought and died for.
Thoreau was a man who believed firmly in the rights of the individual. His idea of an effective government was one that didn?t interfere to heavily in ones life, ?I heartily accept the motto that government is best which governs least; and I should like to see acted
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