Amazon.com: “When Injustice Becomes Law Resistance Becomes Duty” – Thomas Jefferson – (9781090707055): Anderson, James: Books.
Civil Disobedience (1849) is an essay by Henry David Thoreau expressing his belief that people should not allow governments to overrule or atrophy their consciences and that people have a duty both to avoid doing injustice directly and to avoid allowing their acquiescence to enable the government to make them the
8. ” When injustice becomes law rebellion becomes duty.” You must do whatever is necessary to make justice possible, even if it means rebelling a little bit because in the long run you will be making life better for those unable to stand up for themselves.
Quotation: “If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so.”
As the third president of the United States, Jefferson stabilized the U.S. economy and defeated pirates from North Africa during the Barbary War. He was responsible for doubling the size of the United States by successfully brokering the Louisiana Purchase. He also founded the University of Virginia.
Thoreau believes that the best kind of government is one that governs not at all. Governments, like all human institutions, are, of their very nature, corrupt.
When Thoreau says,”That government is best which governs least,” he means that the government is best and most profitable when it presides over less. Because of this opinion, Thoreau came to the conclusion that the government is/can be abused before the people can willfully act through it.
“A very few – as heroes, patriots, martyrs, reformers in the great sense, and men – serve the state with their consciences also, and so necessarily resist it for the most part; and they are commonly treated as enemies by it….”
What are some examples of unjust laws today? Any law which treats marijuana as a worse drug than alcohol. Alcohol should be illegal for all the reasons that marijuana is illegal; Marijuana should be legal and regulated for all the reasons alcohol is legal and regulated.
Lex iniusta non est lex (English: An unjust law is no law at all), is a standard legal maxim. Originating with St. Augustine, the motto was used by St. Thomas Aquinas and quoted by Martin Luther King Jr during the Civil Rights Movement to describe racial segregation and discrimination against African Americans.
FACT CHECK: Did Thomas Jefferson Say That Citizens Are ‘Obligated’ To Disobey Unjust Laws? The Facebook page Cold Dead Hands shared an image April 12 claiming that founding father Thomas Jefferson said, “If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so.”