Benjamin Franklin and Henry David Thoreau in Perspective Comparison and Contrasts Benjamin Franklin and Henry David Thoreau both believed that individualism could be expressed as civil action in the course of social causes. In making his case for the will of the American people to chart their own course, Franklin used historical analyses to back up his argument. Franklin regarded the British government to be an overseas entity which was cruel and bellicose. He thought that the American colonialists, particularly those of the educated and intellectual elite which comprised the core of the Founding Fathers, was superior to the crude British military leaders which were ruling the colonies with an iron hand. Franklin regarded British rule as...The end:
.....iews on matters of religion, governance, and war, they both upheld the utility and inalienable rights which are part and parcel of individualism. Perhaps these views were indeed formative in the creation of the U.S. beyond the mere scope of its scientific character or its revolutionary past. The American ideal is that of freedom, liberty, and the chance to chart a destiny which is unparalleled. Such lofty ideals are not borne within the context of authoritarian rule or narrow dogmatic tyranny; they manifest when a culture of individualism thrives. References Franklin, B. (1909). The autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. New York, NY: P.F. Collier & Sons. Thoreau, H.D. (1893). Walden; or, life in the woods. Boston, MA: The Riverside Press.