Étienne de La Boétie

(1530 - 1563)

Tags : writer, french, theoretician, rights, proto-anarchist, libertarian, author, political theorist.

Quotes :

"For although the means of coming into power differ, still the method of ruling is practically the same; those who are elected act as if they were breaking in bullocks; those who are conquerors make the people their prey; those who are heirs plan to treat them as if they were their natural slaves."
"When the people lose their liberty through deceit they are not so often betrayed by others as misled by themselves."
"It is true that in the beginning men submit under constraint and by force; but those who come after them obey without regret and perform willingly what their predecessors had done because they had to. This is why men born under the yoke and then nourished and reared in slavery are content, without further effort, to live in their native circumstance, unaware of any other state or right, and considering as quite natural the condition into which they were born."
"...the essential reason why men take orders willingly is that they are born serfs and are reared as such. From this cause there follows another result, namely that people easily become cowardly and submissive under tyrants."

Biography :

Étienne or Estienne de La Boétie (French: [etjɛn də la bɔesi] (About this soundlisten), also [bwati] or [bɔeti];[2] Occitan: Esteve de La Boetiá; 1 November 1530 – 18 August 1563) was a French judge, writer and "a founder of modern political philosophy in France".[3] He is best remembered as the great and close friend of the eminent essayist Michel de Montaigne "in one of history's most notable friendships",[3] as well as an earlier influence for anarchist thought.

From : Wikipedia.org.

Works :

Author of Slaves by Choice (November 30, 1547)

Chronology :

November 01, 1530 : Étienne de La Boétie's Birth Day.
August 13, 1563 : Étienne de La Boétie's Death Day.
September 02, 2019 : Étienne de La Boétie's Added to http://www.RevoltLib.com.
September 02, 2019 : Étienne de La Boétie's Last Updated on http://www.RevoltLib.com.

Links :

Wikipedia: Étienne de La Boétie

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