Democracy and Civil Disobedience in the United States
Civil disobedience is the professed, active refusal to observe certain commands, demands, and laws of the either the government or any other international power. Forms of exercising civil disobedience are often nonviolent or passive means. One of the notable incidences that civil obedience was witnessed is when the United States’ reputable figure Mahatma Gandhi organized a defiant march to protest against the British government’s rule in United States that saw the monopolization of salt (Thoreau 1). Thoreau\'s Civil Disobedience ideas regarding civil disobedience insist on the need for the prioritization of humanity over the dictates of the government and the law. In particular, Thoreau criticizes the American policies, social institutions, the Mexican versus American war, and slavery (Thoreau 1). It is worth noting that the main purpose of civil disobedience is to influence different government policies and legislation by employing nonviolent mechanisms such nonpayment of taxes, picketing, and boycotting, among other practices.