Civil Disobedience

Civil Disobedience Summary

In it, Thoreau argues that individuals should not permit governments to overrule or atrophy their consciences, and that they have a duty to avoid allowing such acquiescence to enable the government to make them the agents of injustice. Thoreau was motivated in part by his disgust with slavery and the Mexican-American War.

Book Reviews


Timeless5 star

Still relevant... thought provoking. HDT asks several questions that demand attention.55


Thought provoking4 star

Interesting thoughts on the purpose of government, the conduct thereof, and the behavior of peoples.45


A must-read during these times.5 star

While dated in its language at times, this is an excellent view that could be easily misconstrued if one were to ignore its core message.55


A compelling admonishment of moral weakness full of brilliant and bold observations5 star

Thoreau speaks boldly and unabashedly as he presents his libertarian views on government as well as on the great extent to which an individual must go to ensure that he has no part in any evil carried out by a government. He has harsh words for the vast majority of citizens, whom he admonishes for following the law rather than following what is morally right, and for being weak and hypocritical even in their critique of the government. Along the way, Thoreau makes brilliant and hard-hitting observations about society that cannot be denied and forces the reader to rethink the relationship between themselves and the state. The read is thought-provoking in the extreme.55


Civil Disobedience5 star

Always a promisingly good read. Definitely interesting to see where our country came from politically and how we progressed. Introduced interesting values and ideals. I agree mankind should be self governed and have hopes one day we can achieve this goal.55


Civil obedience5 star



Terrible5 star

Worst book ever 10/1055

Craig Gorsuch

Exposition on the relationship of Government and The Citizen4 star

A quick read that elegantly shows American Government is supposed to SERVE The People, and a reminder that all political power flows FROM The People. A bit anarchistic at times, but the principals hold up in contemporary society.45


A must read!5 star

In hard times, a reading like this one can influence an individual greatly and "civil disobedience"is one of many of Henry's profound essays. Also iBooks is amazing, thank you.55

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