Why Some Black, Dark or Brown People participate in Tea Parties ?? - Explanation and History of Great Philosophers of Freedom
That some Black, Dark or Brown people participate is not a good excuse for Tea Party Bigotry, Aggression and Bad Behaviour.
Philosophers have studied for 500 years why people subject themselves to despots and tyrants. And to ideas that diminish the dignity of human beings. Like going with enthusiasm into the Nazi Party of Hitler's Germany, and subjecting the will to Mussolini or Stalin.
History is good to understand why some people are companions and subjects to those that despise them. Think of Lou Dobss asking the votes of Latinos for next November's election in New Jersey.
Think of Henry VIII surrounded by sycophant courtesans. Henry VIII, Great Tyrant ruled England from 1509 until 1547 and could have been the inspiration for the writings of a Great French Philosopher of the earliest Illustration : Étienne de La Boétie (1530 – 1563)
From Wikipedia :
Étienne de La Boétie (1530 – 1563) :
La Boétie was a French judge, writer, political philosopher and friend of Montaigne, author of the Discourse on Voluntary Servitude (Discours de la servitude volontaire)
He served with Montaigne in the Bordeaux parlement and is immortalized in Montaigne's essay on friendship. La Boétie’s writings include a few sonnets, translations from the classics, and an essay attacking absolute monarchy and tyranny in general, Discours de la servitude volontaire ou le Contr'un (Discourse on Voluntary Servitude, or the Anti-Dictator).
The essay asserts that tyrants have power because the people give it to them. Liberty has been abandoned once by society, which afterward stayed corrupted and prefers the slavery of the courtesan to the freedom of one who refuses to dominate as he refuses to obey. Thus, La Boétie linked together obedience and domination, a relationship which would be later theorised by latter anarchist thinkers. By advocating a solution of simply refusing to support the tyrant, he became one of the earliest advocates of civil disobedience and nonviolent resistance.
It was once thought, following Montaigne's claims, that La Boétie wrote the essay in 1549 at the age of eighteen but recent authorities argue that it is "likely that the Discourse was written in 1552 or 1553, at the age of twenty-two, while La Boétie was at the university." The essay was circulated privately and not published until 1576 after La Boétie's death.