Civil Disobedience

Why does thoreau believe that "a government in which the majority rule in all cases cannot be based on justice, even as far as men understand it?

Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau

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I think the main idea of the quote revolves around the abuse the majority can inflict on a minority if there are no checks and balances. Thoreau believed in constitutional guarantees of rights and a judicial system that would prevent the oppression of others by a majority.