The Future of Power

An analysis, critique, and deconstruction of military, economic, and propagandistic power implies an analysis, critique, and deconstruction of the modern mind. Certain minority schools like Howard Law – which happens to be Vice President Kamala Harris’s alma mater – and other minority schools actually employ the analysis, critique, and deconstruction of the modern mind as their core mission. The nature of power and thus the nature of the modern mind is such that once power is obtained and wielded, no one willingly relinquishes power. As Lord Acton said, power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. And as George Orwell said: “We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it.”

            As mentioned before, power has three basic dimensions, namely, military, economic, and propagandistic. In turn, there is a power class on one hand, and a popular class on the other hand. The goal of the power class is to merely extract and exploit from the popular class in order to maintain its grip on power. Rule of law steps in to maintain a balance between elite and popular interests. But the law is often impacted and shaped by political forces within the elite and popular classes. Thus, the law is very much an instrument of political willpower.

            Although power wields military, economic, and propagandistic tools that are quite hefty, psychological power and willpower can contest or even overwhelm conventional power to a large degree. Thus, power is largely psychological and spiritual, even though the modern mind emphasizes the military, economic, and propagandistic aspects of power rather than the psychological and spiritual aspects of power. In the long run, there are limits to military, economic, and propagandistic power, as evinced by the Afghanistan experience. Thus, psychological power and spiritual power – if sustained – may actually win out against conventional power in the long run.

            In turn, strategies, operations, and tactics aimed at rendering favorable outcomes have to revolve around the psychological and spiritual aspects of power if power is to be sustained over the long run. If power is the goal – and it always has been in the modern and postmodern period – then the conventional means of power such as militaries, money, and propaganda cannot become the ends. As mentioned on numerous occasions, power is essentially the ability to control or influence the actions and thoughts of others. Although certain people can be coerced or paid or deceived to a certain extent, controlling or influencing people through conventional power tools may not be an attainable goal in the long run.

            Knowing full well the aim and goal of power – which amounts to controlling or influencing the actions and thoughts of others – it follows that power is essentially futile and useless. In addition to the futility of power, there is also the dispersal, fragmentation, and hyper-centralization of power in a postmodern age that succeeds both a traditional age and modern age. Conventional power is also associated with the famous “Damoclean Sword,” which can come down on a person with one mistake or wrong move. Thus, power is more of an art rather than an exact science which can be defined solely by militaristic, economic, or propagandistic tools, even if certain creatures of Washington may be averse to such an idea and reality.

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