1000 words essay which answer a politics question

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LENGTH 1000 words

FORMAT typed. Times New Roman, 12 pt, double-spaced.

INCLUDE a bibliography with at least 2 outside scholarly sources.

CHECK for spelling and grammar errors.

Reading requirement: Discourse on Voluntary Servitude by Etienne de la Boétie

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Question:

"Plays, farces, spectacles, gladiators, strange beasts, medals, pictures, and other such opiates these were for ancient peoples the bait towards slavery, the price of their liberty, the instruments of tyranny." (The Politics of Obedience, Part II)

Boétie wrote these words in the sixteenth century. Are they any more or less relevant today than they were then? Refer to Boétie’s text to support your answer.

So answer this question with 1000 words and including at least two outside scholarly sources for this essay.

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JesseCraig
School: UIUC

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Running Head: POLITICS OF OBEDIENCE.

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POLITICS OF OBEDIENCE.
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POLITICS OF OBEDIENCE.

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POLITICS OF OBEDIENCE

In the 16th century, Boetie wrote these words, "Plays, farces, spectacles, gladiators, strange
beasts, medals, pictures, and other such opiates these were for ancient peoples the bait towards
slavery, the price of their liberty, the instruments of tyranny." Boetie opined that ancient tyrannical
rulers used these practices to lull and stupefy people so that they could forget about the dictatorship
meted on them, and in so doing, never even think of resistance. Several years have passed since
then, and in the 21st century today, these words Boetie wrote are more relevant in our times even
more than they were then.
In every country in the world, there is a leadership structure in place that guides the politics
of today whether widely accepted or not (Hibou et al, 2011). As a result, governments in place,
whether popularly elected or not, continue to enjoy public support like it was in the 16th century.
Boetie believed that if there were to be a mass withdrawal of consent, then the tyrannies would
fall. However, the puzzle that has yet to be unraveled till date is why the people continue to give
consent to oppressive rule when the very power the governments use is the one provided by the
masses support. One needs not look so far to realize that the tactics the rulers of yesterday used to
gain public backing have been polished and even more effectively used by the rulers of today.
Leadership has been so intertwined with a circus...

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