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by Henry David Thoreau

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According to Thoreau, what is the flaw in majority rule?

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According to Thoreau, majority rule is not necessarily the fairest way to rule because such rule is only hinged on physical strength or the strength in numbers. Majority rule does not consider individual conscience or reasoning and the majority are reduced to subjects following their institution and leaders blindly.

Can there not be a government in which majorities do not virtually decide right and wrong, but conscience? (Civil disobedience)

Majority rule makes it difficult to institute reforms with regards to unjust laws. It would take the minority to convince the majority for amendments to be made and this provides that the populace continues observing the unjust laws at least until they are amended.

In majority rule, it is the majority that determines what is right or wrong. Thoreau observed this as a wrong approach because the issue of right and wrong should be based on conscience, otherwise, the powerful would take advantage of the weak. Thus according to Thoreau, the flaw in...

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