Politics is full of grit and gravel." This sentence sums up Thoreau's deprecatory view of politics. One must, when considering Thoreau's thoughts on politics, realize that to him politics was not the party machinery and contests between factions which are the popular connotations word, but a broad, general term which embraced government and social interaction of the individual...
"Fugitive From a Ballot Box,"
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