In 1849, 5 years before Henry David Thoreau published Walden, he wrote what has come to be recognized as the philosophic textbook for nonviolent revolution. "I think that we should be men first, and subjects afterward," Thoreau wrote. "It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right." Taking as his major premise the idea that "...government is best which governs least," Thoreau asserts that one's first loyalty is to one's own nature, and that only then, when one is true to oneself, can one be true to a government. This remarkable essay has inspired leaders from Gandhi to Martin Luther King, Jr.
Thoreau's "Civil Disobedience" was first published in 1849. Since then, Thoreau's philosophy (as delineated in this essay) has influenced politicians and civilians both at home and abroad. He establishes the dangers of letting government dictate human conscience. "The only obligation which I have a right to assume is to do at any time what I think right", the author writes. "Civil Disobedience" is a seminal text and this audiobook presents the perfect way to engage with this old classic. Narrator Larry McKeever gives a measured and powerful performance that is sure to inspire the listener.
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