External Power


Along with the most fundamental roles of government – enforcing capitalism and regulating production – there are many other forms and degrees of power, including physically controlling or restraining people’s property and behavior, controlling information and modifying people’s thoughts, and restricting access to the information surrounding important decisions. In our personal lives, the expression of external power is found in our freedoms of expression, self-defense and movement. We can lobby, march, write letters, petition, protest, resist, support financially, fight, and run for political office. Leaders known for their heavy hand projecting power include Alexander the Great, Adolph Hitler, Joseph Stalin, George Washington and George W. Bush. Their approach demonstrates conviction, determination and strength in order to get others to see and do things their way, for better or worse.

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