Posts Tagged ‘power’

The history and politics of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are complicated but the ethics aren’t that complicated at all…

Here’s a very short and clear way of explaining it:


The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of earnest struggle. … If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.

Fredrick Douglas (1857) [1]

It’s worse because in medieval feudalism, those higher up on the pyramid of power had a responsibility towards those below them. Today, most of us are disposable with responsibility only flowing up, and blame flowing down.


“Power concedes…

Posted: 2013/04/22 by Punkonomics (@dearbalak) in Uncategorized
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“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”
Frederick Douglass

This is perhaps the #1 point that every historian (economic especially) needs to convey. Education systems (broadly defined: religions, schools, media, etc) are of course concerned with teaching the opposite so that people will NOT demand and will wait meekly for their masters to through them some scraps and not beat them TOO hard.