Jeffrey Tucker – Liberty Classics: Politics of Obedience With Jeffrey Tucker

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  •  Jeffrey Tucker

    The Politics of Obedience

    The Politics of Obedience Étienne de La Boétie offers a mind-blowing reflection on the sheer fragility of the state. His answer to the problem of power is to ignore it and disregard it, thereby causing it to evaporate. Is his answer too simple? Is he right for the group but perhaps not correct for the individual? Kick off the discussion! Questions, comments, observations or elaborations? Either reply here or create a new discussion using the tag Library_The Politics of Obedience

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  •  Kirsten Tynan

    When Was the Last Time 2500 People Stormed a Police Station in the U.S.?

    No, seriously? When was the last time we did that? Because that is exactly what happened during the pre-Civil War, Fugitive Slave Act era. People simply overpowered the cops and other captors with their sheer numbers, took physical custody of people who were to be returned to or sent into slavery, and helped them escape. Circumstances are somewhat different now, what with the progress of technology, but I think it is good for the soul to remember that is what, at one time, our culture was willing to do in preservation of liberty and basic human rights. Here is one such story, told in both prose and poem form: An Historic Gem: A Poem about the Rescue of Jerry What do you think it would take for something like this ever to happen again in the United States?

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Get ready to rock and roll this Sunday with Jeffrey Tucker! He’ll be on Liberty.me LIVE to chat all about Étienne de La Boétie’s The Politics of Obedience: The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude. Tune in to learn how the state could be reduced to nothing, instantly!

La Boétie’s task is to investigate the nature of the state and its strange status as a tiny minority of the population that adheres to different rules from everyone else and claims the authority to rule everyone else, maintaining a monopoly on law. It strikes him as obviously implausible that such an institution has any staying power. It can be overthrown in an instant if people withdraw their consent.

He then investigates the mystery as to why people do not withdraw, given what is obvious to him that everyone would be better off without the state. This sends him on a speculative journey to investigate the power of propaganda, fear, and ideology in causing people to acquiesce in their own subjection. Is it cowardice? Perhaps. Habit and tradition. Perhaps. Perhaps it is ideological illusion and intellectual confusion.

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