Civil Disobedience

Civil Disobedience

1. What does Thoreau think is the proper role of Government? 2. What does Thoreau think is the difference between just an unjust laws? 3. What does Thoreau think is the correct way to protest?

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This is only a short answer forum space. I can give you a general answer. Thoreau felt the most ideal form of government is one which exercises the least power and control over its citizens. Thoreau believes that government is an inherently intrusive force that stifles the creative enterprise of the people. His avowed faith in ordinary citizens stands in contrast to the entrenchment of an elite political class that Thoreau perceives as incompetent and ineffectual. His libertarian leanings are, however, tempered with limited support for some government initiatives, such as public education and highway maintenance.

What does Thoreau think is the correct way to protest?