>Etienne de la Boétie (1530-63), short lived friend of Michel de Montaigne, commemorated in Montaigne’s discussion of friendship in the Essays, wrote a great short classic on tyranny and resistance to tyranny, very relevant to recent and current events in the Arab world. Read it.
One great sentence
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.