Blog 17

The work “Civil Disobedience” by Thoreau discussed government throughout the essay.  In his essay there is a line that says, “that government is best which governs least.”  I believe this means that the government is best when it is least involved in people’s everyday lives.  I sort of agree with this statement.  I agree because I feel that as more laws are being created and adapted and the more things get strict, the more that people will tend to disobey them.  Also, some of the laws that are put in place are very unnecessary, while other things need laws and do not have them.  Although I think that laws need to have more of a balance, I do believe that the government still needs to play somewhat of a major role in our society to keep the world from turning to utter chaos.  The role of government is to create laws and also put restrictions on what we can and cannot do in order to keep everybody safe.  Even though most people would say that citizens are going to break the laws anyways, making things illegal will still prevent even more people from breaking those laws.  All in all, citizens are supposed to follow the rules set in place by the government.  Another line that Thoreau states is, “Let every man make known what kind of government would command his respect, and that will be one step toward obtaining it. . .”  A government that would command people’s respect would be a government that was the most strict when it came to punishment, such as life in prison or the death penalty for even the most minor crime committed.  The government would get the people’s respect because they would be in fear of being punished and would not want to commit any crimes due to that fear.  Protests are still continuing to happen all over the world to this day, many imitating the style of figures such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Gandhi.  The role of civil disobedience today is to create awareness to the cause that people are trying to worship.  It is effective because it is harmless and no one gets in trouble while bringing people to realize the problems they wish to protest.  The only way civil disobedience is not effective is when it turns violent and into riots.

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