Saturday, January 28, 2017

Book Review: Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau

Civil Disobedience (Forgotten Books)Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It is an essay that Thoreau wrote about life under a demagog as the leader of the Nation. He argues that in such a condition Civil Disobedience is a form of weapon that the citizens must use in a democracy to address their concern rather than hailing the leader. During the time this essay was written America was indulged in a war with Mexico and quarreling with Britain under the Administration of Polk. Polk was a defender of slavery and Thoreau was a fierce abolitionist. The essay strongly supports Thoreau's point and is well written.

The essay stands very aptly in the light of the current rise of right winged fascism all over the world. Especially, when Trump just entered into his administration, a week ago. To put it in context ... all the research papers on climate change that was previously available on American government site have disappeared. (Trump, believes Climate Change is a hoax created by China, in 2017!). His anti-abortion stance is about to pull back medical fundings to NGOs from all across the globe if they in any way infer to abortion as an option. White House had taken off the information on LGTB+ from its site within minutes of Trump’s swearing in. There is no doubt that America is taking steps back and her being the most powerful nation affects the development of the whole world (Not to forget Climate Change is a Global issue and USA is one of the countries with highest carbon emissions) ...This essay is on point to the current situation, a must read.

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