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"The Prince" by Machiavelli and "Discourse on Voluntary Servitude" by Boetie
The Prince by Machiavelli and Discourse on Voluntary Servitude by Boetie Author:Machiavelli and Boetie Francis Bacon said that Knowledge is Power. But we often don't have time to read and gain all the knowledge we would like. Knowledge Products provides an easy, systematic way to broaden your mind and your awareness of great ideas. These cassette tapes on philosophy, history, economics, politics, and other topics will entertain you while you lear... more »n. So listen--for the power of your mind.« less
The most famous advice ever written on acquiring and maintaining political power. Although written in 16th century Italy, The Prince has influenced political perceptions until the present day.
DISCOURSE ON VOLUNTARY SERVITUDE
Why do people voluntarily submit to political power? This is the central question of this 16th century essay on the psychology of obedience to authority. Etienne de la Boetie was an obscure figure about whom little is known, and no portrait of him survives. But his analysis of the structure of authority and the nature of man gives brilliant insights into the age-old conflict between state authority and individual liberty.