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Civil disobedience has been making news lately, thanks to Kim Davis, the county clerk from Kentucky recently jailed after denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Regardless of one’s personal views of Davis or same-sex marriage, there’s no denying that the clerk’s actions are a classic case of civil disobedience — to a point — as described in Henry David Thoreau’s famous essay.
Thoreau wrote his treatise, originally titled Resistance to Civil Government, in 1849 following a one-night imprisonment for refusing to pay his poll tax. It was Thoreau’s way of protesting state-sanctioned slavery and war.
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