4.2 – DISOBEDIENCE to Tyrants – WHY

April 2nd, 2012

This is Ethiopian Review Policy Research Center’s series on From Dictatorship to Democracy extracted/quoted from books and articles published by Albert Einstein Institution and similar sources.


Civil disobedience. . . is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience.

Our problem is that numbers of people obeyed the dictates of the tyrants and have gone to war, and millions have been killed because of this obedience.

Our problem is that people are obedient in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity and war and cruelty.

Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves, and all the while the grand thieves are running the country.

That’s our problem.

Everyone knows that the fire from a little spark will increase and blaze ever higher as long as it finds wood to burn; yet without being quenched by water, but merely by finding no more fuel to feed on, it consumes itself, dies down, and is no longer a flame.

Similarly, the more tyrants pillage, the more they crave, the more they ruin and destroy; the more one yields to them, and obeys them, by that much do they become mightier and more formidable, the readier to annihilate and destroy.

But if not one thing is yielded to them, if, without any violence they are simply not obeyed, they become naked and undone and as nothing, just as, when the root receives no nourishment, the branch withers and dies.

To view the key points for disintegrating tyrant’s regime, CLICK: Attacking Tyrant’s Weaknesses – DISOBEDIENCE