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This essay by Thoreau first published in 1849, argues that individuals should not permit governments to overrule their consciences. It goes on to say that individuals have a duty to avoid allowing the government to make them the agents of injustice. The quote: "That government is best which governs least," sometimes attributed to Thomas Jefferson or Thomas Paine, actually was first found in this essay. Thoreaus' thoughts were motivated by his disgust with slavery and the Mexican-American War but they are still relevant and resonate today.

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  • 11-01-18

10:22 p.m., 10th of January, 2018

Timely and timeless. As Henry David explained, as Mahatima Ghandi adopted and proved out, as Reverend King brought it home: all who persist, will prevail! As we must do now too against considerable odds against our complacent, overindulged consumptive stupor and act too restore our democracy for ourselves and for our children - or not at all, forever.

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  • Paul D Krause
  • 02-04-18

good to learn history on the go

essay was read very well and ease of listening to history. history on the go

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  • estonsuparster
  • 24-05-19

Excellent

Good job done here!!! Thanks to all who contributed to this audiobook it’s quite a good experience

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  • Jack Frasier
  • 12-05-19

excellent short essay

I love how audible has individual, short essays by Thoreau and others available for quick powerful reads.

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  • Emily Steel
  • 17-04-19

long over due

this is a piece I should have read long ago, I'm glad I have finially made time.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-01-20

Very fine representation of a classic

Philosophical essay read with accurate reserved detail and necessary factual summation of the author and his stances on the justice of societal morality and how it developed in relation to the individual consequence

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  • Jeremy
  • 30-05-19

Revolutionary 101

Fundamental primer for organizers and activists looking to learn more about the basic values needed to undertake revolutionary work.

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  • Robert
  • 16-07-17

Terrible, terrible, terrible, terrible Narration,

Unbelievably bad sing song voice characterisation. Reprehensible that Audble would sell such a poor rendition of such a great classic work.

Tragic, tragically bad.

Warning stay away!

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  • Daniel Gherghita
  • 30-11-20

This book is what every American wants to know

The book proves how we as people would organize our self better than having the government force on us rules that are against the constitutional right. If you couldn’t put into words why sometimes you felt oppressed to do what everyone in society does, this book explains why. Because in many ways your consciousness tells you in a better way what’s good to do.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-07-20

Henry is the original BADASS!

Everyone should read or listen to Henry's words! His words ring true over 100 years later!