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Reformation of Government Through Passive Resistence A little rebellion now and then is a good thingIt is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government Thomas Jefferson Thoreau a transcendentalist from the mid 19th century and Martin Luther King Jr the Civil Rights movement leader of a century later both believed the necessity of medicine for government Although they showed disagreement of opinion on issues regarding voting both writers agreed on the necessity to reform the government and the means of accomplishing it In Kings Letter from Birmingham Jail and Thoreaus Civil Disobedience both agreed on injustice of majority to rule over minority both resisted the government passively and both wanted a better government immediately The majority is not necessarily right but they have always been the ones in power because they are the strongest and the most influential Therefore all the laws are written by the majority almost all are in favor of the majority and all are enforced by the majority According to King a law drafted by the majority is only just when the minority are willing to follow it He wrote An unjust law is a code that a numerical or power majority group compels a minority group to obey but does not make binding on itself 2475 In other words if a law denies the right of the minority or is inflicted upon the minority by force then it is not a just law Similar opinions are shared by Thoreau when he writes But a government in which the majority rule in all cases cannot be based on justice11425 Both agreed that if a law is unjust it is the duty of the opposition to break the law and do what they believe to be right Once a law is broken the person must be willing to accept the consequences which may be the penalty of imprisonment Although laws may be unjust but it must be
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