This blog is not monetized. I don’t care about making money. I do that in my private life, and that supports this. Costs are modest.
I do not seek followers. They are here because of what we write. The numbers, sometimes impressive, are a mystery. What do you think? What do you read? Do we matter or do we merely flow in and out of your email? I don’t know. When you come here, we get a “hit.” What does that mean? Did you read? Think? If you see a long paragraph or long piece, do your eyes avoid it? Do you move on?
James Corbett recommended a book. I just now opened the cover. I am going to use the mere partition descriptions as a cleansing tonic. They are brief.
The book is The Politics of Obedience, by Etienne de la Boetie, written 500 years ago. I have not yet read it. I will. I am only showing the beginning, describing the content of the partitions. It is having a cleansing effect on me. The man walked upright.
Part I: The Fundamental political question is why do people obey government. The answer is that they tend to enslave themselves, to let themselves be governed by tyrants. Freedom from servitude comes not from violent action, but from the refusal to serve. Tyrants fall when people withdraw their support.
Part II: Liberty is the natural condition of the people. Servitude, however, is fostered when people are raised in subjection. People are trained to adore rulers. While freedom is forgotten by many there are always some who will never submit.
Part III: If things are to change, one must realize the extent to which maintaining foundation of tyranny lies in the vast networks of corrupted people with an interest in maintaining tyranny.
I think it is going to be a comforting book. I walk upright. I will never submit.