Liberation Requires Disobedience

 

By S. Brian Willson (February 4, 2016)

In 1553, or thereabouts, a young French lawyer, Etienne De La Boetie, wrote an amazing essay, The Politics of Obedience: Discourse on Voluntary Servitude, in which his study of the history of tyranny revealed that no matter how hierarchical power is derived – kings, dictators or elections – humans inevitably enable their own tyrants.