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I should like merely to understand how it happens that so many men, so many villages, so many cities, so many nations, sometimes suffer under a single tyrant who has no other power than the power they give him. FULL ARTICLE by Etienne de la Boetie
I recently reread the entire work. Every time I do, I’m blown away by the insight of this man, writing nearly 500 years ago. He wasn’t just ahead of his time; he’s ahead of our time.
I’ve also just now discovered Charles King Whipple’s 1839 booklet, Evils of the Revolutionary War. A brilliant call for passive resistance in the face of tyranny.
“When the taxed tea is brought to their shores, they universally abstain from the use of it. It lies undemanded in the ware-houses, and thus the plan of taxation, as far as that article goes, is as completely defeated as it could have been by violence and robbery. When the stamped paper is taxed, they carry on their business without it. This involves great difficulty, inconvenience, and embarrassment of business. No matter! They are patriots, and willing to suffer for their country; and the evils thus endured are infinetly less than the calamities of war. If direct taxes are laid upon them, they quietly, but universally, refuse payment. Their property is seized and sold to raise the tax. They patiently submit to this evil, for their country’s sake”
Great thanks to the Internet and the Mises Institute, without which many of us would likely go on unaware of these works.
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