le 14 novembre 2015
I knew that Henry David Thoreau was a tax evader, however I did not realize how radical he was until I read his book on the duty of civil disobedience.
He starts off with "The government is best which governs not at all." This should have tipped me off to what was going to come next.
What would Timothy McVeigh think if he had read this (and he might have):
"Unjust laws exist: shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once?"
Henry David Thoreau's discussion of democracy verging on mob or only majority rule also could have incited certain people. If you put your hand over the title and read the sentences they could've been dropped into "Mein Kamph" and fit very well.
The bottom line in his dissertation is stated:
"There will never be a really free and enlightened State until the State comes to recognize that individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly."