Saturday 20 January 2018

No, Minister

• Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), American philosopher, environmentalist and essayist, had a strong sense of being born an individual with certain rights which ought to be considered inviolable by government of his time.

He wrote the essay 'Civil Disobedience' after he'd been hit with a poll tax for the little cabin on a green patch of ground where he lived alone, surrounded by nature.

The bill was for six years and he refused to pay and was imprisoned, but someone paid his fine and he was released after one night in the slammer which, to his fury, was observed as an admission of his guilt.

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