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What are your thoughts on power?

Hello all,

I am working on an essay at the moment and was wondering if this community would be able to help pool all forms of diverse thought. I thought it would be a great way to acquire all of the libertarian points I am looking to use in this essay on power. I have already formulated many arguments but I thought this would be the best venue to engage in political discourse.

This is a university essay and I have 10 possible topics to write about. I have narrowed them down to three with the first being my personal favorite.
1. Power rightfully belongs to the people,and governments only “borrow” it for the specific purpose of safeguarding and delivering the common good of society.
2. Because sources of legitimacy and authority differ across cultures and societies, is it true that democracy cannot and/or should not be a universal concept of governance?

I also really like number two because I can focus on the importance and success of republican governments versus the mob-rule of democracies.

Any ideas you have will be greatly appreciated. For number one I obviously said that power rightfully belongs to the people and that government ought to be seen as the servant as opposed to the master.

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Power is what is... the Universe in motion. As a small example, attempt to stop a large ocean wave with your body. What happens? Now body surf a wave... By joining the Universe in motion, we embody the power of the Universe. We are, of course, always One with the Universe. Only by free will do we disassociate ourselves from everything else, and hence suffer. Granted such suffering can be educational.

Hawkins defines power rather well in his book "Power vs. Force". I rather agree with his assertion that Love and Peace are rather powerful ideals - far exceeding fear, pride and even reason in terms of power.

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First off, what is your definition of power?

I'm not sure one could write a whole essay without defining one's terms.

My definition, in the political sense of the term (ie. that in which we are discussing), is: the use of the physical force of government (or the threat thereof) to accomplish a stated objective.

Mostly corrupting, unless

Mostly corrupting, unless you are a 1 in a thousand like ron paul.

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"Greater than the force of mighty armies is the power of an idea whose time has come"
- Victor Hugo

"Greater than the force of mighty armies is the power of an idea whose time has come"
- Victor Hugo

1. Government does not

1. Government does not borrow power, they are agents of the people to wield power delegated only as the people allow. The people never give up their power they always retain it.Government is the servant to act in their behalf as they direct.The people delegated the power, and the people can take it away. The servant is not greater then the master! The people are the masters of government. The government is now in a state of rebellion.

2.Democracy is nothing but mob rules, two wolves and a sheep voting on dinner. Their are certain inherent rights that are off limits to voting period. this is what the Bill of Rights tried to illustrate. Constitutional Republic; there is absolutely no voting on dinner and the sheep are armed!

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If you did .1

you could turn it into an essay against collectivism. The government shouldn't be delivering the "common good of society," but protecting the individual from those who would try to make individuals serve the "common good." You could work in your anti-majority rule arguments into that one as well, since democracy is a form of collectivism.

"Collectivism means the subjugation of the individual to a group — whether to a race, class or state does not matter. Collectivism holds that man must be chained to collective action and collective thought for the sake of what is called ``the common good.´´' Throughout history, no tyrant ever rose to power except on the claim of representing ``the common good.´´ Napoleon ``served the common good´´ of France. Hitler is ``serving the common good´´ of Germany. Horrors which no man would dare consider for his own selfish sake are perpetrated with a clear conscience by ``altruists´´ who justify themselves by-the common good. " -Ayn Rand

This essay of her's, where that quote come from, might be of some help: http://fare.tunes.org/liberty/library/toptt.html

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Thanks a lot

That is a great quote about collectivism and it is certainly true. I will also check out the Mises institute for good essays regarding the role of government. So far my educational experience has been littered with the ideology of collectivism so I am trying to mitigate that with the fundamental ideas of liberty and individualism.

"Greater than the force of mighty armies is the power of an idea whose time has come"
- Victor Hugo

"Greater than the force of mighty armies is the power of an idea whose time has come"
- Victor Hugo

I am an

Independent so I don't know we are in agreement but the problem with number 1 question for me is the words " common good" shutter. I hear that a lot and it is usually said right before they confiscate whatever you own. Yikes! Your second question does not seem clear to me maybe it is the wording. Power belongs to the Individual with law and contracts giving the people order and peace in which to flourish. Government should be minimal so it will not be a treat to the Individuals. Well, that's my two cents for what it is worth.

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