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1.) Do you agree that “that government is best which governs least?” What is the role of government and what is its role in relation to the individual citizen? I would say that I don’t agree with Thoreau’s statement because right now, the US government has already been completely ineffective in getting anything done, especially since Drumpf’s presidency. The most recent examples being the Parkland shootings (ongoing lenient gun laws) and the two government shutdowns (that did accomplish something, but took millions of dollars to do). As a country, it seems that we’re also not making any progress in moving forward when it comes to social issues. For the most part, we’re actually moving backward and the government hasn’t taken the initiative to change that. The role of the government is to make sure its citizens are being taken care of. The government is supposed to create a safe environment and try and benefit their citizens as much as possible. 
2.) Thoreau states that “Let every man make known what kind of government would command his respect, and that will be one step toward obtaining it. . .” What kind of government commands your respect? Why? A government that is open minded and beneficial to the lives of all its citizens is the type of government that commands my respect. It’s obvious that government = corruption. Many times the average citizen is taken advantage of and the rich just get richer (which is only a small percentage in the US). People who are morally good and accepting of everyone have always been respectable in my eyes because it shows that they are open to new ideas, not just their own.
3.) Thoreau’s essay has influenced major figures such as Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. in the way they approach to protest, which has, in turn, become the guide to modern protest movements. What is the role of civil disobedience today? Is it still effective? Why? The role of civil disobedience today is to allow people to be able to voice their opinions on issues with hopes that they get heard.  I do think it’s effective because when people cause a stir (even if it’s peaceful) others just walking by or seeing it on the TV will wonder “what’s going on?” and most likely look into the topic and what it is. This then makes people more aware and possibly can influence them into becoming fellow believers. With a huge following, the government will eventually listen. 

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