The Politics of Obedience

“The Politics of Obedience: The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude”

by Etienne de la Boetie

Forward by Murray Rothbard

La Boétie wrote the following essay while still a law student at the University of Orléans in the early 1550s. Gene Sharp, author of The Politics of Nonviolent Action, had this to say about it: “[La] Boétie’s Discourse is a highly significant essay on the ultimate source of political power, the origins of dictatorship, and the means by which people can prevent political enslavement and liberate themselves. The Discourse should have a prominent place in the history of political theory, and also of the development of the power analysis in which the technique of non-violent struggle is rooted.”

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~ by rechelon on June 5, 2008.

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