The Nature of Power

What is power?

Power describes the level of influence an individual or group possesses over their environment. It is not inherently good, nor is it inherently bad. Like most things, it depends on how one earns it and subsequently wields it. Typically, power results from exerting control over an environment or by decreasing the power of others. Physical force and threats of violence are the tools used to accomplish this. Succumb, or suffer the consequence.

As the civilized world grew, the weapons matured with it. From battle axes to bullets and bullets to bombs. Violence and its tools have changed in the modern era, as have the methods for taking power. Outright aggression is effective in disrupting an opposing societal construct, whether it be government, religion, or a social movement. After achieving control over a target population, aggressive tactics prove counterproductive to maintaining influence over that population. Bullets and bombs become bills and baggage.

These new tools increase the power differential between the rich and poor. Citizens must meet their societal debts and obligations by working for the rich; ultimately furthering the divide in a feeble attempt towards personal growth and economic mobility. Today, hopes and dreams, rather than whips and chains represent humanity’s bondage.

Maintaining control is achievable by pushing financial obligation to the masses, both debts and taxes represent the nuclear upgrade to capitalism that unilaterally enforces the system. Debt offers a taste of the unaffordable, reinforcing the notion that work is equal to progress while also ensuring continuous participation within the larger financial system.

Taxes guarantee the debt-free still take part in commerce. One cannot be self-sufficient when property taxes are due. Every citizen must take part within this system to meet their obligations. Neither goats nor gold can satisfy this bill; hard currency is required.

This construct does not benefit the majority, only those who hold power and seek to keep it. Neither currency nor commerce represent the underlying problem; they are just instruments designed to thieve power from man.

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Shane Bellone

At the intersection of capricious and whimsy.

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By Shane Bellone