Why is understanding power essential to understanding government?Weegy:
“Power is not an institution, and not a structure; neither is it a certain strength we are endowed with; it is the name that one attributes to a [ complex strategical situation in a particular society. “
Power is, as Foucault says, a complex strategical situation. A dynamic situation of opposing and positioning forces, political forces such as statesmen at all levels and branches of government, and private interests, such as lobbyists for corporations, religions, etc. Lobbyists can represent both broad constituents, or highly focused elite interests and politicians will pander to those who will get them elected, also the profit motive runs rampant, kick backs come from lobbyists. Everyone wants to achieve their own goals, so its a war of self interest. The government rules us with force, they can punish us with jail and they operate the military. With the military they engage in international strategy to advance the goals of the state, resources wars, etc. Its all empire building, personal individuals and government.
The study of economics, law, political science, philosophy and psychology are all the foundation of understanding power in a deep and broad sense. The law is how the government exerts its power through force domestically with police forces. With power comes the ability to use force, legally.
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