Today’s quote du jour is an old one, but still quite relevant in 2015. It comes from Henry David Thoreau in his treatise, “On the Duty of Civil Disobedience.” He wrote that essay in 1848, at a time when government was much smaller and less intrusive than it is today. And yet, he still saw government as intrusive, going so far as a brief imprisonment over his refusal to pay poll taxes because of his opposition to the Mexican War and slavery. He observes:
There will never be a really free and enlightened State until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly.