I heartily accept the motto, — “That government is best which governs least;” and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe, — “That government is best which governs not at all;”
I began to wonder whether Thoreau himself ever responded to these claims/attacks. My poor search skills (Googling variations of "Henry David Thoreau anarchist response") turned up nothing but other people arguing over whether he was an anarchist or not.
Did Thoreau respond to claims that he was an anarchist?