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Inside this Book – The Reverend Billy Sunday is remembered as a powerful voice; the Reverend Billy Graham is now so described. So is the Reverend Jerry Falwell, indeed, such has been his seeming power as a moral leader that he has been thought by some to be giving morality a bad name. The references continue. The United States is a large and otherwise important country; so is the Soviet Union. But it is their power that evokes the common notice; they are the great powers, or the superpowers. Britain, once also a great power, is no longer powerful. All know that in recent times the United States has been losing some of its industrial power to Germany and Japan. None of these and the myriad other references to power is ever thought to require explanation. However diversely the word is used, the reader or listener is assumed to know what is meant. And doubtless most do to a point. Max Weber, the German sociologist and political scientist (1864-1920), while deeply fascinated by the complexity of the subject, contented himself with a definition close to everyday understanding: power is “the possibility of imposing one’s will upon the behavior of other persons.” 2 This, almost certainly, is the common perception; someone or some group is imposing its will and purpose or purposes on others, including on those who are reluctant or adverse. The greater the capacity so to impose such will and achieve the related purpose, the greater the power. It is because power has such a commonsense meaning that it is used so often with so little seeming need for definition.
Inside this book –The Anatomy of Power PDF Book by John Kenneth Galbraith – The instruments by which power is exercised and the sources of the right to such exercise are interrelated in complex fashion. Some use of power depends on its being concealed on their submission not being evident to those who render it. And in modem industrial society both the instruments for subordinating some people to the will of others and the sources of this ability are subject to rapid change. Much of what is believed about the exercise of power, deriving as it does from what was true in the past, is obsolete or obsolescent in the present. Nonetheless, as Adolf Berle observed, the subject is not a remote or esoteric thing. No one should venture into it with the feeling that it is a mystery that only the privileged can penetrate. There is a form of scholarship that seeks.
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