Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Henry David Thoreau

"'That government is best which governs not at all;' and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have."[4]

Thoreau's writings influenced many public figures. Political leaders and reformers like Mahatma Gandhi, President John F. Kennedy, civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr., Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, and Russian author Leo Tolstoy all spoke of being strongly affected by Thoreau's work, particularly Civil Disobedience. ( I just cut and pasted the above, they said it better than I could, however, I do not approve of JFK. He was a lying rat)

 In a nut shell, I think,an operative lesson that would serve us well in our times of repressive government is Zero cooperation to encroaching control by government.

Of course the pivotal point of the encroachment of personal rights of freedom, these days, to not participate is to be in violation of law.  For example not paying for health insurance is soon to be a punishable offense.

Here is his Wikipedia page.


  1. If I missed it please accept my humble apologies however a post on why you think JFK was a 'lying rat' would be informative. Plus it would probably significantly increase you traffic.

  2. I have several reasons for my opinion. Not only was his foreign policy crap, and he was a pussy. He almost got us nuked. If that's not enough, Bay of Pigs, outlines his character.

    Bay of Pigs was an attack to over-throw Castro, after special ops were underway- CIA agents were on the ground in Cuba. JFK decided to abort the mission and abandon the agents in Cuba. They were subsequently captured and tortured, then killed. Hence the reference to "lying Rat".

    I didn't get into detail in the post because his failed presidency and miserable existence had no relevance to the post.

    Thanks for your comment.