Civil Disobedience, By Henry David Thoreau Essay

1875 Words Dec 1st, 2014 8 Pages
“Government is best which governs least” according to the article “Civil Disobedience,” by Henry David Thoreau. In this article, Thoreau also mentioned that he believes that government is best when it governs not at all. However when a government governs not at all, then there exist chaos and war. But a government that governs least is a government that many people will agree is the best type of government. This type of government allows people absolute freedom. Not freedom per say, but absolute individual liberty. The government’s interest should be to protect the people’s liberty and not prevent people from living their lives. The government that only cares about its citizen’s happiness and well being is in fact the government with the happiest citizen. A good example of a government that governs least is the Nigerian government. The Nigerian government allows people freedom to do as they wish. However, the government sometimes becomes the government that governs not at all because it neglect to its duty to protect or provide for the people. United States government on the other hand, grants its people liberty, but most of the laws that the governments make affects many citizen’s right of individualism. With the interference of government in peoples personal affairs, the government of the United States and that of Nigeria have become a government that governs most. George Orwell 's book, 1984, indirectly explains that the best government is that which leaves the people…

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