Civil Disobedience – Resistance to Civil Government

When the subject has refused allegiance, and the officer has resigned from office, then the revolution is accomplished. But even suppose blood should flow. Is there not a sort of blood shed when the conscience is wounded? Through this wound a man’s real manhood and immortality flow out, and he bleeds to an everlasting death. I see this blood flowing now.

-1849, On the Duty of Civil Disobedience, Henry David Thoreau

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