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Etienne de la Boétie

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Étienne de La Boétie (1530–1563) is one of the seminal political philosophers, not only as a founder of modern political philosophy in France but also for the timeless relevance of many of his theoretical insights.

Of Étienne de La Boétie (1530–1563) Murray Rothbard wrote that he "has been best remembered as the great and close friend of the eminent essayist Michel de Montaigne, in one of history's most notable friendships. But he would be better remembered, as some historians have come to recognize, as one of the seminal political philosophers, not only as a founder of modern political philosophy in France but also for the timeless relevance of many of his theoretical insights." Read the rest of Rothbard's introduction.

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The Politics of Obedience: The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude

World HistoryPolitical Theory

12/08/2015Audio/Video
In times when dictators the world over are falling from pressure from their own people, this book, written nearly 500 years ago, is truly the prophetic tract of our times. Narrated by Dr. Floy Lilley.

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The Politics of Obedience

The Police StateEntrepreneurshipPhilosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

02/26/2010Mises Daily Articles
I do not ask that you place hands upon the tyrant to topple him over, but simply that you support him no longer; then you will behold him, like a great Colossus whose pedestal has been pulled away, fall of his own weight and break into pieces.

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The Politics of Obedience: Part I

Political Theory

10/13/2008Audio/Video
From The Politics of Obedience: The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude by Étienne de La Boétie. Pages 39-47 in the text, as narrated by Floy Lilley.

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The Politics of Obedience: Part II

Political Theory

10/13/2008Audio/Video
From The Politics of Obedience: The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude by Étienne de La Boétie. Pages 49-69 in the text, as narrated by Floy Lilley.

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The Politics of Obedience: Part III

Political Theory

10/13/2008Audio/Video
From The Politics of Obedience: The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude by Étienne de La Boétie. Pages 71-80 in the text, as narrated by Floy Lilley.

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