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  • Walden and On the Duty of Civil Disobedience | Henry David Thoreau

    Walden and On the Duty of Civil Disobedience

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Henry David Thoreau
    • Narrated By Robin Field
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    In the early spring of 1845, Henry David Thoreau built and lived in a cabin near the shore of Walden Pond in rural Massachusetts. For the next two years, he enacted his own Transcendentalist experiment, living a simple life based on self-reliance, individualism, and harmony with nature. The journal he kept at that time evolved into his masterwork, Walden, an eloquent expression of a uniquely American philosophy.

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  • Civil Disobedience | Henry David Thoreau

    Civil Disobedience

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Henry David Thoreau
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
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  • On the Duty of Civil Disobedience | Henry David Thoreau

    On the Duty of Civil Disobedience

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 3 mins)
    • By Henry David Thoreau
    • Narrated By Jim Killavey
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    This essay by Thoreau first published in 1849, argues that individuals should not permit governments to overrule their consciences. It goes on to say that individuals have a duty to avoid allowing the government to make them the agents of injustice. The quote: "That government is best which governs least," sometimes attributed to Thomas Jefferson or Thomas Paine, actually was first found in this essay. Thoreaus' thoughts were motivated by his disgust with slavery and the Mexican-American War but they are still relevant and resonate today.

  • Civil Disobedience | Henry David Thoreau

    Civil Disobedience

    • UNABRIDGED (58 mins)
    • By Henry David Thoreau
    • Narrated By Curtis Sisco
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    Henry David Thoreau's classic essay inspired Martin Luther King, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, and many other activists.

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  • Thoreau: Walden / Civil Disobedience | Henry David Thoreau

    Thoreau: Walden / Civil Disobedience

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Henry David Thoreau
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
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    In 1845 Henry David Thoreau, one of the principal New England Transcendentalists, left the small town of Concord for the country. Beside the lake of Walden he built himself a log cabin and returned to nature, to observe and reflect – while surviving on eight dollars a year. From this experience emerged Walden, one of the great classics of American literature.

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  • Disobedience | Jane Hamilton

    Disobedience

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jane Hamilton
    • Narrated By Robert Sean Leonard
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    Henry Shaw, a high school senior, is about as comfortable with his family as any 17-year-old can be. His father, Kevin, teaches history with a decidedly socialist tinge at the Chicago school Henry and his sister attend. His mother, Beth, who plays the piano in a group specializing in antique music, is a loving, attentive wife and parent. Henry even accepts the offbeat behavior of his 13-year-old sister, Elvira, who is obsessed with Civil War reenactments and insists on dressing in handmade Union uniforms at inopportune times. When he stumbles on his mother's email account, however, Henry realizes that all is not as it seems....

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  • Disobedience | Naomi Alderman

    Disobedience

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Naomi Alderman
    • Narrated By Roe Kendall
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    For Ronit Krushka, 32, single and living on Manhattan's Upper West Side, Orthodox Judaism is a suffocating culture she fled long ago. But when she learns of the death of her estranged father, the preeminent rabbi of the London Orthodox Jewish community in which she was raised, she returns home. But as she reconnects with old acquaintances and the traditional ebb and flow of the community, Ronit becomes more than a stranger in her old home: she becomes a threat.

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  • The Spirit of Disobedience: Politics, Consumption, and the Culture of Total Work | Curtis White

    The Spirit of Disobedience: Politics, Consumption, and the Culture of Total Work

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    • By Curtis White
    • Narrated By Walter E. Phelps
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    How shall we live? The answer to this question examines our culture's attitudes toward free time, home and food. Are corporate profits really the measure of success? Are increasingly long work hours productive of happiness and satisfaction? Can we lead lives devoid of spirituality?

  • Civil Disobedience | Henry David Thoreau

    Civil Disobedience

    • UNABRIDGED (57 mins)
    • By Henry David Thoreau
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
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    In 1849, Henry David Thoreau argued in his essay “Civil Disobedience” that people should not allow governments to overrule or atrophy their consciences, and that people have the right to avoid such submission to permit the government to make them the agents of injustice. Thoreau was partly motivated by his abhorrence with slavery and the Mexican-American War. His work has inspired great leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Martin Buber.

  • On Constitutional Disobedience | Louis Michael Seidman

    On Constitutional Disobedience

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Louis Michael Seidman
    • Narrated By Winslow Thomas
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    What would the Framers of the Constitution make of multinational corporations? Nuclear weapons? Gay marriage? They led a preindustrial country, much of it dependent on slave labor, huddled on the Atlantic seaboard. The Founders saw society as essentially hierarchical, led naturally by landed gentry like themselves. Yet we still obey their commands, two centuries and one civil war later. According to Louis Michael Seidman, it's time to stop.

  • Civil Disobedience and the Liberator (Knowledge Products) Giants of Political Thought Series | Wendy McElroy,George H. Smith

    Civil Disobedience and the Liberator (Knowledge Products) Giants of Political Thought Series

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Wendy McElroy, George H. Smith
    • Narrated By Craig Deitschmann
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    Civil Disobedience is Henry David Thoreau's argument for the deliberate violation of laws for reasons of conscience. Thoreau's concept is based on the belief that no law should command blind obedience, and that non-cooperation with unjust laws is both morally correct and socially beneficial.

  • Bratbusters: Say Goodbye to Tantrums and Disobedience | Douglas Ruben

    Bratbusters: Say Goodbye to Tantrums and Disobedience

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    • By Douglas Ruben
    • Narrated By Gary Roelofs
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    Here is a highly effective parenting audiobook featuring Dr. Ruben's rapid positive-parenting steps for controlling and eliminating child tantrums, disobedience, lying, stealing, perfectionism, anger, impulsivity, and school problems. Solutions provided for common family problems include step parenting, adult life after children, and knowing when therapy is best. Dr. Rubenn's methods stem from scientific and clinical research on parenting, using applied and experimental analysis of behavior.

  • Walking in Grace: Dwayne's Disobedience | Dwight Walker

    Walking in Grace: Dwayne's Disobedience

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    • By Dwight Walker
    • Narrated By Whitney Edwards
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    Seven-year-old Dwayne has just received a treasured family locket from his mom. Since he's old enough to take care of the locket, he thinks he's old enough to take the shortcut to school. However, his mom has other ideas. She knows the trail is not safe and tells Dwayne not to take it. Will Dwayne obey his mother? Find out in Walking in Grace.

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