On logic and power

Frederick Douglass Ambrotype, 1856
Frederick Douglass Ambrotype, 1856 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Speaking in Canandaigua, New York, on August 3, 1857, the escaped slave and abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass observed that:

Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure 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.

 

We can add to Frederick Douglass’s words this: find out just how much a person can be deceived, and that is just how far she will be deceived.

The limits of tyrants are also prescribed by the reasoning abilities of those they aim to oppress.” – from “A Concise Introduction to Logic”by Craig DeLancey

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