The Discourse on Voluntary Servitude, or the Against-One is the most famous work of Étienne Original title, Discours de la servitude volontaire ou le Contr’un Étienne de La Boétie was one of the first to theorize and propose the strategy of. Discours de la servitude volontaire | Etienne de La Boetie | ISBN: | Kostenloser Versand für alle Bücher mit Versand und Verkauf duch Amazon. Ce livre est parfaitement mis en page pour une lecture sur Kindle. Le Discours de la servitude volontaire est un ouvrage rédigé en par Étienne de La.

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The truth is he was not a rebel. You live in such a way that you cannot claim a single thing as your own; and it would seem that you consider yourselves lucky to be loaned your property, your families, and your very lives.

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Such are his archers, his guards, his halberdiers; not that they themselves do not suffer occasionally at his hands, but this riff-raff, abandoned alike by God and man, can be led to endure evil if permitted to commit it, not against him who exploits them, but against those who like themselves submit, but are helpless.

Those who have acquired power by means of war act in such wise colontaire it is evident they rule over a conquered country. How can he have so many arms to beat you with, if he does disckurs borrow them from you? A longing common to both the wise and the foolish, to brave men and to cowards, is this longing for all those things which, when acquired, would make them happy and contented.


Thus a great many nations who for a long time dwelt under the control of the Assyrians became accustomed, with all this mystery, to their own subjection, and submitted the more readily for not knowing what sort of master they had, or scarcely even if they had one, all of them fearing by report someone they had never seen. Rawan rated it did not like it Mar 27, Between and there were many outbreaks of religious war in France. Return to Book Page. The fact is that the tyrant is never truly loved, nor does he love.


Agrippina had him recalled and entrusted to him jointly with Burrus the education of her son Nero. Fruit trees retain their own particular quality if permitted to grow undisturbed, but lose it promptly and bear strange fruit not their own when ingrafted. It boetoe to be instead a serious contemplation of man’s relation to government, which fact makes it indeed the living document it is today boeti ever will be.

Certainly not because I believe that the land or the region has anything to do with it, for in any place and in any climate subjection is bitter and to be free is pleasant; but merely because I am of the opinion that one should pity those who, at birth, arrive with the yoke upon their necks. Are you indeed so proud Because you command wild beasts? Yet when he died — when this incendiary, this executioner, this savage beast, died as vilely as he had lived — the noble Roman people, mindful of his games and his festivals, were saddened to the point of wearing mourning for him.

Why in the world do people agree to be looted and otherwise oppressed by government overlords? It was shown to me before I met him and gave me my first knowledge of his name And if this condition occurred etienne in distant lands and were reported to us, which one among us would not assume the tale to be imagined or invented, and not really true?

It is true that in the beginning men submit under constraint and by force; but those who come after them obey without eervitude and perform willingly what their predecessors had done because they had to.

The tiller of the soil and the artisan, no matter how enslaved, discharge their obligation when they do what they are told to do; but the dictator sees men about volontqire wooing and begging his favor, and doing much more than he tells them volontqire do.

Let us therefore admit that all those things to which he is trained and accustomed seem natural to man and that only that is truly native to him which he receives with his primitive, untrained individuality. Similarly attracted, the indiscreet satyr of the old fables, on seeing the bright fire brought etiejne by Prometheus, found it so beautiful that he went and kissed it, and was burned; so, as the Tuscan [54] boetir reminds us, the moth, intent upon desire, seeks the flame because it shines, and also experiences its other quality, the burning.


Kindle Edition64 pages. In his essay on Friendship [5] he tells us of his feeling: They often provided the city wards with feasts to cajole the rabble, always more readily tempted by the pleasure of eating than by anything else.

Etienne de La Boetie: Discours de La Servitude Volontaire

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. If it cost the people anything to recover its freedom, I should not urge action to this end, although there is nothing a human should hold more dear than the restoration of his own natural right, to change himself from a beast of burden back to a man, so to speak.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. A clear analysis of how tyrants get power and maintain it, its simple assumption is that real power always lies in the hands of the people and that they can free themselves from a despot by an act of will unaccompanied by any gesture of violence.

I believe it was some dispensation from Heaven. servltude

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De ce fondement enigmatique et revoltant de toute domination, La Boetie tire une serie de paradoxes qui sont autant d’avertissements constamment adresses a la philosophie politique des Modernes.

But to come back to the thread of our discourse, which I have practically lost: If he had said nothing further than “I see no good in having several lords,” it would have been well spoken.

His terms of deference are too sincere to permit any notion of hypocritical subservience.

It is said that Mithridates [14] trained himself to drink poison. In his old age, defeated by Pompey, betrayed by his own son, he tried poison and finally had to resort to the dagger of a friendly Gaul.