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on 19 March 2013
For some reason I thought this would be more explorative than it is subjective. However in as much as it presents one man's thoughts and experience relating to one state, the arguments put make perfect, reasoned sense.

Thoreau's thoughts are as relevant today as in his day and to any state. The statement that leapt out to me - "A very few--as heroes, patriots, martyrs, reformers in the great sense, and men--serve the state with their consciences also, and so necessarily resist it for the most part; and they are commonly treated as enemies by it." - is certainly still very true. This is a very quotable work and one that still has the power to inspire subjects the world over.

Without being revolutionary, without inciting uprising, Thoreau sought to make a difference in his own sphere. He also experienced the futility of it when everyone around sought to ensure he did not fall foul of the state. I can't help but wonder what he would make of the Internet and the power it has brought to us to raise a united voice against injustice. I would imagine he'd embrace it and use it to great effect.

What Thoreau above all conveys is a wish for a peaceful end to injustice enforced upon the minority by the majority and when taken into account that the minority is very often several minorities which add up to a greater number than the so called majority, a difference could be made if each person in the minorities made but a small stand.

So very relevant to today's world. How nice it would be if one day we could look back and say "but that doesn't apply anymore".
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on 19 January 2018
This was a beautiful book and something I had wanted to read for sometime, but had put off thinking it would be heavy going. It wasn't. I found myself pausing to reflect on many passages, and highlighted much that I might refer to it again later. An amazing read, something to savour.
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on 15 April 2017
Really impressive intellectual stimulae.
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on 27 March 2017
A wonderful book, spoilt a little by cheap paper.
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on 19 May 2017
Everyone should go to the woods for a few days with this book
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on 10 October 2017
A great book in these uncertain times governments
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on 18 October 2016
Good introduction of the basic tenets of civil disobedience, not to be confused with the liberal theory of non-violent law breaking, but underpins the principles of civil disobedience, insofar as purposefully seeking to change a law deemed unfair or unjust.
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on 19 April 2015
REFRESHING TO FIND SOMEONE FROM THE PAST BELIEVED THE KIND OF THINGS A ''MODERN'' PERSON CAN RELATE TO
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on 12 April 2013
Who wouldn't be delighted to find the public domain list of FREE classic literature. This is fantastic. All the titles I've always wanted to read and for free - this is my kind of kindle heaven. I love the way they arrive on your kindle, they're so quick, it's like magic. Thank you public domain!
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on 29 September 2014
Trying to get all my favourite works onto kindle and have a library in my pocket, I couldn't leave out Walden. A nice, clear text and a few pleasant illustrations, perhaps of dubious relevance but nice anyway.
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