A 500 Year Old Book about Ending Tyranny (and link to PDF) (Main Board)

by SureThing, Sunday, July 19, 2020, 20:42 (24 days ago)

Political Book:
The Politics Of Obedience:
The Discourse Of Voluntary Servitude
. . by Etienne de La Boetie

James Corbett said about this book:

"... is a 500 year old text that is every bit as relevant to the problems we face today as it was 500 years ago ... absolutely timeless ... gets to the root of the problem and the solution ... and it's a short book ... so please read this book"

Corbett then reads what he calls the 'key and central insight of this book':

"They [the people] suffer plundering, wantonness, cruelty, not from an army, not from a barbarian horde ... but from a single little man. Too frequently this same little man is teh most cowardly and effeminate in the nation, a stranger to the powder of battle ... without energy to direct men by force ... "

"... if a hundred, if a thousand endure the caprice of a single man, should we not rather say that they lack not the courage but the desire to rise against him, and that such an attitude indicates indifference rather than cowardice?"

After reading the above passage, Corbett goes on to say:

"It is not fear that keeps people in check. It is acceptance, consent, willing desire to participate in the system of oppression. The only thing that can truly end that oppression is the easiest thing of all – just to stop desiring it. Well, you would think it's the easiest thing of all, but ... one of the most important things that can be done is the revolution of the mind, because we have so completely internalized the structures of power and oppression from above that we have not only come to think it's acceptable but to actually desire to have those systems of oppression. That is the central insight that La Boetie comes up with ... the key to solving the problem of tyranny of all sorts is to stop obeying, stop going along with it."

"It's such a simple thing, but it's so difficult to get people to see."



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