I heartily accept the motto,—“That government is best which governs least;” and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe—“That government is best which governs not at all;” and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have. Government is at best but an expedient; but most governments are usually, and all governments are sometimes, inexpedient. The objections which have been brought against a standing army, and they are many and weighty, and deserve to prevail, may also at last be brought against a standing government. The standing army is only an arm of the standing government. The government itself, which is only the mode which the people have chosen to execute their will, is equally liable to be abused and perverted before the people can act through it. Witness the present Mexican war, the work of comparatively a few individuals using the standing government as their tool; for, in the outset, the people would not have consented to this measure.
“Thoreau'nun eserleri ve fikirleri beni derinden etkilemiştir.” - Mahatma Gandi 19. yüzyılın en büyük entelektüellerinden, kölelik karşıtı, çevreci ve vergi direnişçisi olan Henry David Thoreau, sivil itaatsizlik terimini siyasi
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately,” Thoreau writes, “to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” Except for a
Haksız Yönetime Karşı Henry David Thoreau, Amerikan yönetimine kızarak, köleliği sürdürdüğü ve Meksika'ya karşı açtığı haksız savaşı durdurmaması nedeniyle onunla hiçbir ilişkisi olmadığını belirtmek için vergi vermekten
19. yüzyıl Amerika'sının önemli entelektüellerinden, ilk çevreci aktivist diyebileceğimiz Thoreau'nunExcursions(Gezintiler) adlı yapıtından seçtiğimiz birbirini tamamlayan üç denemesi “Yürümek”, “Bir Kış Yürüyüşü”, “Gece