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Volume 19 No. 7 • December 2016


APPETIZERS

THE PRICE OF DISOBEDIENCE

...dissent is transformed into a threat that the subject will refuse to carry out the authority’s orders. Finally ... he disobeys. Inner doubt, externalization of doubt, dissent, threat, disobedience: it is a difficult path, which only a minority of subjects are able to pursue to its conclusion. Yet it is not a negative conclusion, but has the character of an affirmative act, a deliberate bucking of the tide.

The price of disobedience is a gnawing sense that one has been faithless. Even though he has chosen the morally correct action, the subject remains troubled by the disruption of the social order he brought about, and cannot fully dispel the feeling that he deserted a cause to which he had pledged support. It is he, and not the obedient subject, who experiences the burden of his action.

—Stanley Milgram, Obedience to Authority (Harper & Row, 1975)

He said that they needed in all countries natural leaders like myself; I had only to sign, and bygones would be bygones, and I should be given every chance to satisfy my will to power. I didn’t tell him that natural leaders don’t have any will to power. He wouldn’t have understood what I meant.

—Geoffrey Household, Rogue Male (Orion Books, 2002)

In writing a novel, when in doubt, have two guys come through the door with guns.

—Raymond Chandler

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