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  •  Power does not fix. (4+ / 0-)

    Power, to be felt, has to hurt. So, power is essentially destructive, even when it is only expressed as the restraint of a dynamic object. Living things move; power makes them stop. Thus, force is a negative.
    That is why power is best distributed over a whole population to be coalesced only in the most extreme situations. That is why the first ten amendments to the Constitution sought to impose restraints on the use of power by the agents of government--an unnecessary addendum, if the commitment to the permissive structure of the main body were firm.

    What do I mean? Well, take speech as an example. Since the Constitution did not assign censorship to any of the three bodies, it wouldn't be necessary to preclude censorship in the amendments, unless there was some uncertainty. Similarly, since the Congress is not directed to legislate marital relationships, the right to conjugal privacy need not be asserted and, indeed, wasn't. Really, the founders had no reason to anticipate that Congress would try to control personal relationships as it did in DADT. The relationships of slaves were, of course, different in that they effectively did not exist. Like children, slaves did not exist as their own persons, under the law.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 12:26:00 AM PST

    •  I see where you're coming from, but I think (2+ / 0-)

      there is an important distinction to be made here.

      Power, in and of itself, is not bad. I have the power to go eat breakfast. I have the power to speak freely online. I have the power (since I am a trained pianist) to sit down and play a Chopin nocturne. All these are good things. Nobody wants to (or should want to) be powerless.

      The problem arises when one wants to have power over other people or living beings. Sometimes this is necessary. Parents have (limited) power over their children -- they need to, to keep their children safe. I have power over my cat (who I keep indoors or he would've gotten squished by a car long ago.) Police have power to maintain a country's laws (sometimes too much, but that's another story).

      But no adult human being should seek to have power over another adult human being. Trying to "control" another person is always, IMHO, a bad thing. We need to respect each other's freedom.

      It's when people start trying to have power over each other, or the environment, that the world turns into the sort of mess that we see now.

      Let's make 2013 the year we take back our planet.

      by Eowyn9 on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 06:56:52 AM PST

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