Discourse on Voluntary Servitude Étienne de La Boétie 1549

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Post by soupy » January 12th, 2017, 11:55 am

Étienne de La Boétie asks one of the most basic questions of political theory: why is it that a minority of rulers can remain in power over a majority of subjects who pay all the taxes. His answer is that most of the subjects willingly submit to rule by a minority.

Boétie was Montaigne's good friend.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%89tienne_de_La_Bo%C3%A9tie

Discourse on Voluntary Servitude (1549, first published in 1576)

http://oll.libertyfund.org/titles/boetie-the-discourse-of-voluntary-servitude
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Post by annise » January 12th, 2017, 1:48 pm

It's the translation date that affects the abilty of us to use it - the 1549 date is irrelevant unless you are suggesting reading it in the original language, so you need a source we can accept

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Post by soupy » January 12th, 2017, 2:40 pm

Ok. I couldn't find an English translation earlier than that.

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Post by bennow » January 15th, 2017, 9:34 am

I've always hoped to read this text for LV. I'm curious about the pd status of this, given that it appears Columbia Univ press never renewed the copyright. Not only at the link in this thread, but also at Hathitrust and Constitution Society site it is listed as out of copyright and pd. I haven't brought it up before because I know this is super gray-area stuff, but I'd really like to read it. Any way we can evaluate these other sources?

https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/001139922

http://www.constitution.org/la_boetie/serv_vol.htm

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Post by TriciaG » January 15th, 2017, 11:02 am

We don't trust Wikisource.

We DO trust Hathi Trust. So that could be used as a text source.
Original journals on the Exploration of the Mississippi: Here
Fiction, partly about jail atrocities: It Is Never too Late
Watergate Report, volume 2: Here
E E Cummings' time in French prison: The Enormous Room

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Post by bennow » January 15th, 2017, 11:08 am

Alright! Thanks so much for that Tricia!

Craig - if you had it in mind to read yourself, I certainly won't swoop for it. But if you intended to put it out there for someone else to read, I'm your man...

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Post by soupy » January 15th, 2017, 11:47 am

I just put it out there as a suggestion. It's all yours bennow :D

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Post by bennow » January 19th, 2017, 7:24 am

Awesome! I'm going to get on it asap.

Thanks so much for lighting the fire! I think this is incredibly timely, for obvious reasons.

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Post by soupy » January 19th, 2017, 9:30 am

I think this is incredibly timely, for obvious reasons.
Good luck with the project. I agree with the above.

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