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Why I was glad when Ned Stark died

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It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right. . . . Law never made men a whit more just; and, by means of their respect for it, even the well-disposed are daily made the agents of injustice. A common and natural result of an undue respect  for law is, that you may see a file of soldiers . . . marching in admirable order over hill and dale to the wars, against their wills, ay, against their common sense and consciences . . .

1846. From Henry David Thoreau’s essay “Civil Disobedience” in Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States

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