Civil Disobedience

How do the ideas expressed in lines 88-96 help to qualify or clarify some of thoreau's ideas?

lines 88-96

" why does it always crucify christ, and excommunicate copernicus and luter , and pronounce washington and franklin rebels?...

if the unjusice is part of the necessary friction of the machine of goverment, let it go, let it go: perchance it will wear smooth, the machine will wear out . ifinjustice has a spring or a pulley or a rope or a crank , exclusively for itself, then perhaps you may consider whether the remedy will not be worse than evil: but if it so much a nature tat it requires you to be the agent of the injustiice to another , then, i sa break the law. let your life be a counter-friction to stop the machine.

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Thoreau was all about counter culture and going against the grain of mainstream society. Thoreau felt big government, corporations, and greed were part of the "big machine" that gobbles up individuality and personal responsibility. Thoreau felt that people can rebel against the machine and become a force that acts against it.