Thoreau has inspired 20th century leaders such as Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi, but it is not certain that he had any leadership potential himself, though he often posed as a kind of prophet for his fellowman. Is Thoreau a leader? Why or why not?


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This is a matter of perspective rather than fact. From what I know of Thorau's life, he had no appetite to be a leader of a cause. Consider that celebrating hermiting in Walden was not what a leader of the masses might do.