IN IRAN, if things are to change, one must realize the extent to which the foundation of tyranny lies in the vast networks of corrupted people with an interest in maintaining tyranny. Dictatorship regimes are more vulnerable than people think. They can collapse in an instant—when consent is withdrawn. In Iran, the voluntary servitude to a leader is the political drive.
NB: The Farsi translation of La Boétie’s book was announced in November 2013 by Editions Dehgan. In February 2014, only a few traces on Facebook of this publishing house remains. Censorship of the Islamic Republic has been active in the meantime. We thank Reza for having toured libraries in Tehran for us, looking for a copy. He came home empty handed. He had to respond to threatening questions by a few hezbollahi booksellers, more inclined to sell ayatollahs’ manifestos rather than books.
Ref: [The Politics of Obedience: The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude, Etienne de La Boétie, 1548, Kindle Edition, 2011, Ludwig von Mises Institute].