Theory of Subordination

United for Peace and Justice March in response to the Republican National Convention, New York City, 2004.

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The spirit craves autonomy, and in many societies there are few things more dishonorable than visible subordination. Classical realists from Thucydides to Morgenthau understand this phenomenon and recognize that power must be masked to be effective. Subordinate actors must be allowed – even encouraged – to believe that they are expressing their free will, not being coerced, are being treated as ends in themselves, not as means, and are respected as ontological equals, even in situations characterized by marked power imbalance.

- From Hitler to Bush and Beyond by Richard Ned Lebow