Civil Disobedience

On the duty of civil disobedience

In paragraph 1, what distinction does henry david Thoreau make between the government and the people? Why does he begin the essay this way?

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In the first paragraph, Thoreau states that the most ideal form of government is one in which the government has the least control and power over its people. He also makes it clear that in his eyes, the perfect government would be a state in which the government is completely eliminated, allowing men to self-regulate and act independently.