Essay about Oppression in History

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"The great heights reached by men and kept, was not achieved by sudden flight, they while the others slept toiled upwards in the night". While Saint Augustine was directly referring to an uplifting of society, society will fall from great heights without constant toil. The failure to oppose of unjust laws doesn't merely allow things to remain the same over time, but causes a steady march into increasingly unjust laws. The acceptance of unjust laws allows [tyrants to] a structure that implements increasingly unjust laws until an intervening group pushes for reform.

A society tolerant of oppression can fall into a relationship referred to by Martin Buber as Ich-Es, or "I-It", where an individual or a small group would seen as an object
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A few years later, almost the entire Irish leadership secretly escaped from Ireland and never returned in an event called the "Flight of the Earls".

With the elimination of the upper levels of Irish leadership, the English selected non-Irish non-Catholic immigrants to run and police plantations, and searched for defects in the land titles of the remaining Irish Catholic landowners to complete their conquest of Ireland. Before plantations, peasants had a right to make a decent living from the land they worked on, but now they where forced to relocate, although allowed to return to the land to work for minimal wages or rent the land at high rates. Title search businesses cropped up to search for land titles with flaws that resulted in forfeiture to the English crown, and a "finders fee" was made for the person that discovered the flaw. Non-Catholic immigrants were given the opportunity to buy and use the confiscated land. By 1701, 81% of the productive land had been taken away from the Irish. After the American Revolution, England gave Ireland a Parliament with limited power. The French Revolution caused renewed rebellion in Ireland and promises of assistance from the French, but the French either never showed up, or surrendered when they did arrive. By the turn of the century, the Irish Parliament agreed to cede their power by forming a Union with England.

The Union

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