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Title: Walden, Civil Disobedience
Author: Henry Thoreau
Rating: 1 of 5 Stars
Thoreau moves to Walden pond to live as a squatter for 2 years and rhapsodizes, as all scatterbrained, out of touch with reality poets are want to do, about how wonderful Nature is and how the Simple Life is the best.
In Civil Disobedience, Thoreau shows how him going to jail for a week because he wouldn’t pay his tax is the height of him being completely independent. He also tries to make the case that any group of rational human beings really don’t need a government because the Milk of Human Kindness will naturally flow between them all.
What a monumental tome of total Prickness.
Thoreau is an ass and every line he writes in this book simply confirms that fact. Nothing he writes has a true bearing on reality, everything is colored, warped and distorted by his belief that Nature is Pure and Kind and can Teach us Lessons. (and yes, the caps are on purpose, you can practically hear them)
I am glad I read this but no more Thoreau for me.