Thoreau: The Defender of Violence in the Nonviolent Canon

I love nonviolence, especially as it is practiced in the traditions of resistance we call civil disobedience. From Chico Mendes and the rubber tappers protecting the Amazon to the many movements of the Arab Spring, I see nonviolent struggle as holding great promise for the transformation of the world toward peace and justice. When I consider these things, any resort to violence looks like a…