A revitalized democracy must tap into three types of power: power over, power with, and power from within

All this has been said before, and a long time ago, by Starhawk, in “Truth or Dare.”

Glad to see this typology of power coming into collective awareness again. And especially glad for the author’s description of current examples that illustrate the second two types of power.

By the way, I’ve been busy reading an essay by Howard Ditkoff, on “Ponerology,” which is the interdisciplinary study of “evil” — how we must learn how, not to stamp out (because that would be impossible), but to innoculate against “evil,” when it arises, both interpersonally and in social systems. One might refer to this as the study of the first kind of power, “power over.”

According to the founder of this discipline, and author of the book “Political Ponerology,” Andrew M. Łobaczewski, the origins of evil may lie in the psychopathological mind, a mind very different from “normal,” in that the person does not experience empathy or remorse. This is, obviously, a very interesting and provocative topic.

I saw somewhere recently that the ideal personality type, for a central banker, is psychopathological. And a huff post columnist speculates that Greed itself is psychopathological. And of course, those of us who speculate on the motives of the “cabal” realize that at the very least they must have a very different set of values than the rest of us “normals.”

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0 Responses to A revitalized democracy must tap into three types of power: power over, power with, and power from within

  1. Reader12 says:

    Thank you for the link – the HuffPost columnist is Mitchell Rabin, who refers to the same neuroscience research on addiction as does Glenn Berger, Ph.D. in a more pleasant context – that of “attunement” or Love.

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