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Throughout the history of the United States there have been many times when citizens have felt the need to revolt against their government A little rebellion now and then is a good thingIt is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government Henry David Thoreau a Transcendentalist from the mid-19th century and Martin Luther King Jr the Civil Rights movement leader of a century later both believed in 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 they differed in the fact that Thoreau says to resist the government by any means necessary and King wants to do so in a nonviolent manner The majority is not necessarily right but they have always been the ones in power because they are the strongest and the most influential with their policies based upon expediency 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 662 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 justice638 He then states that the person who has experienced little
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