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People on the Street: What is Power?

People on the Street: What is Power?


Power is the ability to make decisions, and
to force others to follow your way. Um, power, I think I would define it as having
control over others, or just, like, how things run, in a way. I guess that’s my definition. Lots of money. Pretty much like, yeah, a good, strong economy, lots of allies. Also like pretty good science. I’d say science to research weapons, obviously,
but like, yeah, So that’s pretty much where power comes from, is just like having money to get weapons. Yeah. It’s pretty basic. Power means, I don’t know. It means a lot, you know, depending on where you are, it could mean oil, it could mean any other coveted resource. It could mean military strength. It depends on where you are, I guess. Power. Some person stands there and thinks
they own everything. That’s what power is. I think everybody just wants power. Everybody looks for something that they just want to be in power and be, like,
the person, be the dictator. Like, I don’t know, I can’t, government’s
corrupt, I don’t know. I don’t know how else to describe it. A lot of having power is being viewed as having
power. I feel like if people think you have power, that’s definitely a power unto itself. I mean, you can be seen as very powerful and
not have the ability to make a whole lot of decisions, but as long as people think you’re powerful,
then you basically are. So, I think it’s all in perception more than
actual power. True power is being able to take away someone’s
freedom and right. I think that’s true power. I hate to be negative about it, but when you
could take away someone’s food, when you could cut off someone from the world, or when you could incarcerate someone who’s
innocent, that’s true power. It’s unfortunate, it’s abused power, and that’s
one form of power. But, you know, it’s a circumstantial question, because there’s all different types of power. Some power is small, like when I walk into
a bar, like, I feel powerful. You know, every good-looking chick looks my
way. All the dudes look the other way; they’re prepared to respect a bro. You know, so that’s a form of power too. I’m just kidding, by the way. But I’m not. I’m serious, that’s a form of
power. But as far as international politics, yeah, to be able to take away someone’s life support,
that’s power. Wow, what is power? Power is, if you’re talking about individuals
who are in power, they’ve achieved some sort of status that
allows them to do things that maybe the average person
can’t. And you achieve power through money and social
status. I’m not sure what else. Power is the ability to exert influence.
One group to exert influence on another. I guess power is a combination of, in my opinion, economical leverage and military force. I think a powerful country is a country where
they have a lot of resources like oil, gas, these kinds of things. That makes me think of power in a political
way, yes. Well, the ability to have to influence or
determine others’ decisions. The ability to get someone to do what you
want them to do without force.

23 comments on “People on the Street: What is Power?

  1. responsibility… or great responsibility if you're talking about great power… or what did Liam Neelson sa, "Having every reason to kill, but you don't?" What is soomopublishing? What is the point of this video?

  2. There are multiple types of power. There is inherent power (strength, intuition) and there is given power. The girl @2:00 touched on given power. Given power is often a lot stronger, but at the same time far more fickle. The only way to staunch inherent power is to kill or maim someone. Given power is merely at the whim of the people; those who are able to manipulate given power with their own inherent power can be especially dangerous.

  3. What I've learned is that there are 3 kinds of power; Soft, Hard, and smart power. Soft power being the ability to coerce someone to do as you wish, making them do it by their free will. Hard power would be to use your military or economic resources to force someone into doing what you want, and then there is smart power which would be a balanced mix of both hard and soft power. I guess Hitler can be used as an example on smart power, giving how he combined brute force with speeches and coercion

  4. What you are referring to is actually the different types of power being exercised in international politics but you're not really answering the question 'What is power?'.

    The definition of power, as I've come to study, can be viewed through the analysis of the three faces of power (though there are other definitions outside this): coercion (1), agenda-setting (2); and normative-control (3).

  5. “Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this. The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just around the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know what no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now you begin to understand me.” 
    ― George Orwell, 1984

  6. I would have just said control. Control over anything, control over yourself and your emotions, control over others, control over resources, control over respect. They are all forms of power, but they all have on thing in common, control.

  7. Personal Power

    Being responsible for your own life and making changes
    Intelligence IQ,education,health levels,discipline,mastering yourself everyday

    External power is

    Money,Government,policy,
    Status,Titles,fame,material possessions,hierarchy etc

    You need both 👍

    The last guy was exact

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