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Old December 22nd, 2010 #18
SmokyMtn
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Started a thread in the Economy section for Books on Economics and Political Economy.

Going to throw this in here for discussion......

THE POLITICS OF OBEDIENCE: THE DISCOURSE OF VOLUNTARY SERVITUDE

ÉTIENNE DE LA BOÉTIE

http://mises.org/rothbard/boetie.pdf


Interesting Footnote, #19.

Thus, Tolstoy writes:

Quote:
The situation of the oppressed should not be compared to the constraint used directly by the stronger on the weaker, or by a greater
number on a smaller. Here, indeed it is the minority who oppress
the majority, thanks to a lie established ages ago by clever people,
in virtue of which men despoil each other. . . .
Then, after a long quote from La Boétie, Tolstoy concludes,

Quote:
It would seem that the workers, not gaining any advantage from the
restraint that is exercised on them, should at last realize the lie in
which they are living and free themselves in the simplest and easiest
way: by abstaining from taking part in the violence that is only
possible with their co-operation
.
Leo Tolstoy, The Law of Love and the Law of Violence (New York: Rudolph
Field, 1948), pp. 42, 45.


Notice what Tolstoy is saying, the easiest way for us to remove ourselves from the heel of JOG is to simply walk away, not participate in, nor support the legitimacy of this JOG. This is exactly what I and others have been trying to get across to many of you who continue to fall for the illusion that "working within the system", such as the A3P advocates, will get you anywhere.

Last edited by SmokyMtn; December 22nd, 2010 at 07:02 PM.