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Some quotes from the essay

In Part one

Resolve to serve no more, and you are at once freed.

The above sentence is the heart of the essay, if it can be distilled down that far.

In Part one the context of the above sentence.

you can deliver yourselves if you try, not by taking action, but merely by willing to be free. Resolve to serve no more, and you are at once freed. I do not ask that you place hands upon the tyrant to topple him over, but simply that you support him no longer; then you will behold him, like a great Colossus whose pedestal has been pulled away, fall of his own weight and break into pieces?

Without the willing support of the subjects no ruler can stay in power.

in part 1

Obviously there is no need of fighting to overcome this single tyrant, for he is automatically defeated if the country refuses consent to its own enslavement: it is not necessary to deprive him of anything, but simply to give him nothing; there is no need that the country make an effort to do
anything for itself provided it does nothing against itself. It is therefore the inhabitants themselves who permit, or, rather, bring about, their own subjection, since by ceasing to submit they would put an end to their servitude.

Peaceful civil disobedience to the tyrant and his minions.

in Part 3

Still men accept servility in order to acquire wealth; as if they could acquire anything of their own when they cannot even assert that they belong to themselves, or as if anyone could possess under a tyrant a single thing in his own name. Yet they act as if their wealth really belonged to them, and forget that it is they themselves who give the ruler the power to deprive everybody of everything, leaving nothing that anyone can identify as belonging to somebody.

These are the dupes, the knaves, ones who use the force of the state to enrich themselves at the expense of all. They vie for the positions of power by fooling themselves or being wilfully blind to the evil they do in helping the tyrant.