Until they become conscious, they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled, they cannot become conscious.
We know from painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must
—MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., Letter From Birmingham City Jail
All martyrs of religious faiths, of freedom and of science have had to disobey those who wanted to muzzle them in order to obey their own consciences, the laws of humanity and of reason. ... At this point in history, the capacity to doubt, to criticize and to disobey may be all that stands between a future for mankind and the end of the civilization.
—ERICH FROMM, author and psychologist
To think of disobedient minorities as rebels and traitors is against the letter and spirit of the Constitution whose framers were especially sensitive to the dangers of unbridled majority rule.