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On the Duty of Civil Disobedience In a succinct article, Thoreau proffers an obstacle to many men, "not to cultivate a respect for the law, as much as for the right." Over and above, nearly redundantly, Thoreau stresses simplicity and individualism, since most transcendentalists (that the new philosophical and literary movement of Thoreau's moment) failed. Thoreau clearly states, in his On the Duty of Civil Disobedience, that the government is unfair and doesn't represent the will of all the individuals, that one individual can't alter the government, and that individuals succumb intuitively into the will of the government. The very first of them is a ridiculous idea; the next contradicted and encouraged alternately throughout the article so that one cannot be certain of what they concur or agree with while studying it as it always contradicts itself in the next paragraph; along with the last, a well-thought-out and legitimate concept. Thoreau believed that "That government is best that governs least," (222) however his brutal feelings came out of his dislike of the government and its own motives at that time. He believed that everything the administration did was wrong: their head-turn in the treatment of slaves, their land-grabbing war with Mexico, along with the taxation which Thoreau himself was imprisoned for refusing to pay. Even the basic system of government was unfair and biased to him. He thought that the vast majority system was unjust, " if the electricity is at the hands of these people, many are allowed to rule, but not because they're most likely to maintain the right, nor because this seems fairest to the minority, but because they are physically the strongest," (231) but what else is there in a non-monarchical government? He shoots down the whole American gover...