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  • Civil Disobedience - 4,584 words
    Resistance to Civil Government, or Civil Disobedience [1] 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 believeThat government is best which governs not at all; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which the 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 govern ...
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  • Civil Disobedience - 4,702 words
    ... he revolution is accomplished. But even suppose blood shed when the conscience is wounded? Through this wound a mans real manhood and immortality flow out, and he bleeds to an everlasting death. I see this blood flowing now. [23] I have contemplated the imprisonment of the offender, rather than the seizure of his goodsthough both will serve the same purposebecause they who assert the purest right, and consequently are most dangerous to a corrupt State, commonly have not spent much time in accumulating property. To such the State renders comparatively small service, and a slight tax is wont to appear exorbitant, particularly if they are obliged to earn it by special labor with their hands ...
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  • Civil Disobedience In "cool Hand Luke" - 360 words
    Henry David Thoreau would not believe in what Luke was fighting for. Luke was a man in jail for the destruction of municipal property. Yet he doesnt, in my mind, show any reason why he destroyed parking meters. Is Luke trying just to defy the law or does he have any reason behind what he does? Thoreau says that any man who chooses to fight should have something to fight for. Now why would he approve of Luke if Luke had no reason, other then he was drunk, to fight the law. Civil disobedience is the rebellion of government to suit the needs of the people. Thoreau had a reason to not pay taxes he didnt think he should be paying for a war he didnt agree with. If Luke had shown why he destroyed p ...
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  • Non Violent Civil Disobedience - 711 words
    Non violent civil disobedience is the most powerful way to avoid violence while fighting for some major goal. Back in 1957's Congress made a decision to apply the constitutional rights of equality to the black population of USA. At that time the US had a lot of segregation and racism. Black and white population of USA were separated. The relationship between the two races was combative. One of aspects of difference was the education that children were receiving in black schools. It was much worse than in the white schools . So, after Congress passed the verdict that allowed black children to study in white schools, a couple of black children transferred to a white district school in Arkansas ...
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  • Ghandi A Great Leader - 1,549 words
    Few men have ever had as much of an effect on our world as Mohandas Gandhi, though he used the message of peace and love, rather than war and destruction. One time a prominent lawyer in South Africa, Gandhi gave up practicing law and returned to India in order to help ease the suffering of the repressed people of his homeland. Gandhi's love for people and his religious passion made him a revolutionary in many of his ideas and actions. On October 2, 1869 in Porbandar, India, a region of Queen Victoria, Mohandas Gandhi was born to Kaba Gandhi and his wife. Although his father, Kaba, was the chief Minister for the Maharaja of Porbandar, he and his family lived in a small house and belonged to a ...
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  • Henry David Thoreau - 1,443 words
    Born David Henry Thoreau, Thoreau chose to legally change his name at the age of twenty, to make it the name that would later become the highly recognized and respected name of Henry David Thoreau. Thoreau chose a different path for his life than many other individuals during his time, he rejected the normal ideas of a democratic government and based his life on the ideas of transcendentalism. Thoreau is best known for living two years of his life at Walden Pond, but there are more aspects of his life that have reached the people of America. When Thoreau was a young child, he deeply immersed himself in nature. It was evident to his elders that he took a great interest in literature and writi ...
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  • The Battle In Seattle - 1,522 words
    The last time the World Trade Organization had a major meeting, it was in Singapore, and now we know why. Singapore, of course, is the city-state that accords near-perfect freedom to banks and corporations while jailing political activists and caning messy tenants and people who chew gum in public. When WTO ministers gathered in Singapore in 1997, their business was unimpeded by any outside agitators. (Or, for that matter, any internal dissidents: Advocates for worker rights or environmental standards are not allowed into the deliberations that set the rules for global commerce.) That Seattle wasn't going to be another Singapore was never in question. On Tuesday, though, Seattle wasn't even ...
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  • Henry David Thoreau - 1,031 words
    Why was Henry David Thoreau such a wonderful writer? He had many great qualities, but the most important were his devotion to nature and writing, his desire for independence, and his experiences he encountered throughout his life. Henry David Thoreau looked to nature as the basis of life and writing. He believed that nature is the reflection of inner spiritual reality. He spent his life in search of the essentials of reality and of experiences that would bring him close to these essentials. He lived in a hut for two years at Walden Pond to rid his body of inessential things. During Thoreau's stay, he completed his first book titled, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers(1849). Here, he ...
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  • The Bird Eye View Of The World - 1,585 words
    Barbara Kingsolvers book High Tide in Tucson: Essays from Now or Never is a collection of twenty-five different essays. They do not seem connected to each other at the first sight, but in reality, a few major themes, such as parenting, motherhood, family life and nature, connect them together. Several of the essays contain a critique of different aspects in the U.S. culture on which the author focuses. For my writing, I chose four of those essays: High Tide in Tucson, Stone Soup, Somebodys Baby, Civil Disobedience at Breakfast, in which Kingsolver wrote about parenting in America. In my essay, I will try to explain how the author connected her essays with the critique of this aspect, and wha ...
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  • 1984 - 1,869 words
    ... r, imagining himself floating inside the glass walls of the paperweight with his mother. The phrase "the place where there is no darkness" works as a symbol of hope throughout the novel, as Winston recalls the dream in which O'Brien tells him about the place and says they will meet there one day. The phrase therefore orients Winston toward the end of the novel, when the phrase becomes bitterly ironic: the place where there is no darkness is the Ministry of Love, where the lights remain on in the prisons all day and all night. Winston's affair with Julia becomes an established part of each of their lives, leading up to Winston's meeting with O'Brien. Despite the risk given the thoroughnes ...
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  • Trancendentalist Ideas - 527 words
    The great transcendentalist had ideas and thoughts that were, at the time, thought to be crazy. Both Emerson and Thoreau focused on not being a follower and doing wheat you believe is right. Self-Reliance, Civil Disobedience, Walden, and The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail all show this idea, which all transcendentalists had at that time. Self-Reliance by Waldo Emerson shows many ideas of the transcendentalist however two ideas seem emphasized. Right away he says people should not be followers. envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide(Emerson 366). Also he says people should do what they think is right. Trust thyself, every heart vibrates to that iron string(Emerson 366). Civil Disobedience ...
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  • When Disobedience Is Acceptable - 1,493 words
    In the year 2000, one can go to most any high school football game and observe a ritual that is becoming more and more widespread and symbolic in meaning to its participants. Before the football game begins, the Star Spangled Banner is played and sung, the flag is raised, and each schools band plays their Alma Mater. But where in years past there would have been a stadium-wide prayer for the safety and happiness of players, students, and fans, there is naught but silence. During the few moments where a prayer would have been given, one can see small groups of high school students trickling down out of the bleachers and onto the track, where they come together in a circular huddle to make a s ...
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  • The Role Of Jinnah In The Formation Of Pakistan - 2,266 words
    Father of the Nation Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah's achievement as the founder of Pakistan, dominates everything else he did in his long and crowded public life spanning some 42 years. Yet, by any standard, his was an eventful life, his personality multidimensional and his achievements in other fields were many, if not equally great. Indeed, several were the roles he had played with distinction: at one time or another, he was one of the greatest legal luminaries India had produced during the first half of the century, an `ambassador of Hindu-Muslim unity, a great constitutionalist, a distinguished parliamentarian, a top-notch politician, an indefatigable freedom-fighter, a dynamic Muslim ...
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  • Mohandus Gandhi - 1,140 words
    Mohandus Gandhi has had many influences on the world today. He was born on October 2nd, 1869 in Porbandar, West India. He became one of the most respected, spiritual and political leaders of the 1900's. He acquired the name Mahatma, which means "soul force. He helped free the Indian people through nonviolent resistance, also given the name satyagraha, instead of the violent warfare that was being used by Britain. Gandhi also promoted social and economic reforms. He is still honored by his people today, as the father of the Indian nation. Life in India during the time of Gandhi was not very pleasant for an Indian. British ruled most of India and they were racist and prejudice against the Indi ...
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  • The Conflict Of Women In 20th Century India - 1,709 words
    The Conflict of Women in 20th Century India Throughout recorded history, women all over the world have been held to a different standard than men. They have consistently been oppressed in nearly all aspects of life, from political to personal. In the 20th century though, great strides have been taken to end this oppression and level the playing field. However, in India, a number of deeply rooted traditions have made this effort all the more difficult, and as a result, women's triumphs over oppression in India are all the more intriguing. To understand the position Women found themselves in at the dawn of the 20th century, one must have a general understanding of their numerous historical con ...
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  • India - 1,088 words
    Indias long struggle for independence started in 1857 with East India Company. British originally came to do business in India but later on took over India. There was a great battle fought in India in 1857. The kingdoms fought east India Company troops with weapons and many lives were lost. However, shortly after that in 1858, British rule was introduced. A British Governor was sent to India and India was made part of British Empire. India felt they needed democracy. They wanted to stop exploitation of Indian people by Britain. This battle was fought to get self-rule and freedom from Britain. In 1869, a great person was born, who spent all his life fighting injustice. His name was Mohandas K ...
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  • Apartheid - 1,325 words
    About 400,000 Americans die every year because of health problems due to smoking. 1.5 million people quit smoking a year, but 50 million keep on going. Those 50 million people are addicted to nicotine. Nicotine addiction is when a person psychologically, physically, and socially has a compulsive need for nicotine. There is a persistent craving for the nicotine product. Out of all the people who smoke, 80% started before the age of 21. This means that you are more likely to start smoking as a teenager than any other age. It would follow that teenagers are more susceptible to the addiction. How do we prevent teens from staring to smoke. I feel that prevention starts in the home. Teach your kid ...
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  • Role Of Fate In Antigone - 444 words
    Sophocles Antigone concerns the struggle of a young woman battling for justice at all costs. The idea of fate is a staple throughout Greek Literature, and Sophocles uses the concept of fate to dictate the actions of a character. Antigones destiny is one of predestination, a mission of the gods which begins with her ill-fated family and Creons decree, and ends with her own actions. The Ancient Greek plays contain a concept of fate that dictates every action taken by, and every word spoken by a character. Sophocles Antigone is not different, fate controls Antigones life in various ways including her lineage. Antigone is the product of an incestuous relationship between Oedipus and Jocasta, her ...
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  • Unjust Laws - 2,766 words
    It is not possible that an individual may be right and a government wrong? Are laws to be enforced simply because they were made or declared by any number of men to be good, if they are not good...What kind of laws for free men can you expect from that? ...Christ was crucified.... Captain Brown was hung. These are two ends of a chain, which is not missing its links. What is this link in the chain of lifes history? It is discontent with unjust laws - cruel and unjust laws enforced by no less cruel and unjust men. But, men through the ages have made known what kind of government commands the respect of freedom loving people. Thoreau wrote in his essay, Civil Disobedience that all men recognize ...
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  • Unjust Laws - 2,766 words
    ... he Ten Commandments and the teaching of Jesus held men in bondage as chattel. Great men arose in the defense of the slaves, John Brown being on of them. The United States of America was formed on the principles of separation of power and liberty and equality. Yet the white Christians only meant liberty and equality for the whites. During the American Revolution, Thomas Paine said, Give me liberty or give me death. He was applauded and deemed a hero; yet when the Black chattels or an abolitionist such as John Brown cried the same for freedom of the slaves they were called insane and charged with insurrection and treason. John Anthony Copeland a Black slave hanged along with Brown said, If ...
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