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Πολιτική Ανυπακοή (Civil Disobedience) του Χένρι Ντέιβιντ Θορό

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Civil Disobedience Originally published as «Resistance to Civil Government»By Henry David Thoreau – 1849 – with annotated textThoreau Reader:  Home


 While Walden can be applied to almost anyone’s life, «Civil Disobedience» is like a venerated architectural landmark: it is preserved and admired, and sometimes visited, but for most of us there are not many occasions when it can actually be used. Still, although seldom mentioned without references to Gandhi or King, «Civil Disobedience» has more history than many suspect. In the 1940’s it was read by the Danish resistance, in the 1950’s it was cherished by those who opposed McCarthyism, in the 1960’s it was influential in the struggle against South African apartheid, and in the 1970’s it was discovered by a new generation of anti-war activists. The lesson learned from all this experience is that Thoreau’s ideas really do work, just as he imagined they would.


1856 picture of Henry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

«Civil Disobedience» in three parts: OneTwoThree
 


Henry Thoreau and ‘Civil Disobedience’ – by Wendy McElroy – «Americans know Thoreau primarily as the author of Walden, but it is ‘Civil Disobedience’ that established his reputation in the wider political world. It is one of the most influential political tracts ever written by an American.»The Theory, Practice, and Influence of Thoreau’s ‘Civil Disobedience’ – by Lawrence Rosenwald – «The essay is individualist, secular, anarchist, elitist and anti-democratic; but it has influenced persons of great religious devotion, leaders of collective campaigns, and members of resistance movements.»

Did Thoreau change his mind?

Because this essay is often associated with passive civil disobedience, some have assumed that Thoreau’s support of John Brown was a change from his earlier position. But Michael J. Frederick, in «Transcendental Ethos: Thoreau’s Philosophy & Antebellum Reform,» explains why this was not the case.  


περισσότερα στο http://thoreau.eserver.org/civil.html

 

το βιβλίο σε τρία μέρη: OneTwoThree

 

 

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Φεβρουαρίου 24, 2011 στις 10:17 πμ

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