“Better to Suffer (Even Die) Than Collaborate”

We have only for a moment to imagine what would happen to any of these forms of government if enough people would act “irresponsibly” and refuse support, even without active resistance and rebellion, to see how effective a weapon this could be. It is in fact one of the many variations of nonviolent action and resistance—for instance the power that is potential in civil disobedience.

Hannah Arendt on “Personal Responsibility Under Dictatorship”

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