Power is the root of all social structures. It is out of the need to control, utilize, and maintain power that we construct the societies that are built around us. Democracy does not exist because humans long for debate, and capitalism does not exist because people love to work, neither the displays of communism that have played out over time because the practicing states had nothing else better to do. These constructs are examples of society allocating the power within itsself in a manner to allow itself to funtion and exist. The sum of all the potential, in what ever form imaginable, a society has is the abstract power that will fuel its existence, development, and advancement. It is the abstract power of society that makes the decisions of a society, or the societies leaders, possible. It is the organiztion of this power that creates economies, governments, empires, ect.
The human embodies multiple positive and negative spirits that if left free of guidance, check and balance, can be detrimental to the well being of others or ourselves. We, a herding creature like other mammals, realized early on, through our social and tangible needs, that we require others to exist. This fact births the social contract that binds a society together, and that birth begins the construction of processes that allocate the power of a given human herd.
So where is it that the power comes from?The most simple factor in any socioeconomic system, the individual. It is the concent and complicity of the individual of every society that births the power of the society as a whole. Together, one by one, the people, families, bands, clans, and tribes give up their power and compound it with that of their peers to form a behemoth in comparison to themselves. It is this compounding that allows the birth of society.
Today consumerism consumes the so-called industrialized western world, and with this consumerism comes the structures that make it possible. None of this reality exists without the concent and complicity of the individuals of society. If that concent were to disappear tomorrow so too would the structures that prop up the existence, though I am sure it would be a bloody end. Money is not the root, ownership is not the root, it is powertand our need of it to fulfill our desires that compels the masses to act. Historically the one respresentation of a means of power that has translated from culture to culture has been money. Some say it is the measure of value and wealth, some say it is a store wealth, some say it is a vehicle of exploitation, but no matter how you wish to preceive it there is no arguing that money to its core is a representation of power. If we go to ancient Africa where human life began or to Europe where we find the youngest human life we see examples of people putting their power in the trinkets they trade for the means of subsistence, simple wants, and thrills.
Power can be expressed physically rape, pillage, and plunder or the physical forging of gold coins, the construction of a chair, or the planting of a potato crop. Power can also be expressed materially through the vehicle of money. Power has been expressed in many other ways too. Heredity and title/nobility are signs of power, but all of these are means to divert ones time away from a physical usage of power deemed unnecessary, intolerable, or undesireable to one’s personal path in existence. At the end of the day we are organic creatures that are products of an ecosystem that provides all that we need to exist. Individually we could find ways to cloth and feed ourselves, but we don’t. We realize stitching takes time, and so does tilling the land, so we give up a little power to be dependent upon others who master these skills of production. Though money, and the social structures we construct, are not real reductions of power from our actual existence, they are equivalent to the amount of restraint we place upon ourselves to refuse to utilize that power to exist in a manner that has come to be preceived as primitive. Thus we concet to the usage of power by others over us.
Though power is the origin and driving force of societal human life, it is up to humans themselves to decide how to utilize it. As before stated, we embody the capabilities of great good and mutual benefit and great evil and mass exploitation and detriment. Power can be used to pursue the endeavors of those who have it, and surely as easily as the mind of men can change so too can the nature of power corrupt. The ability to live out your desires is a seductive idea and this quality of power, its ability to bring you desires into the reality in which you exist, is dangerous and arguably could be the center of all human conflict. Nature, itselfs being the balancing of simultaneous chaotic experiences, displays a reality where the benefit to some in some places can serve to the detriment of others. We exist in a reality where earthquakes can cripple islands and leave whole nations without a clue. The room for righteousness and corruption exists in the human realm of reality, allowing for our own version of simultaneous chaotic experiences to play out, but sure enough when power exists greatly in the hands of one or a few over time it corrupts and people revoke their concent and ignore the idea of complicity. The people’s revolutions are equally about power as that of the political coups of today.
Profit is a byproduct of the collective, or abstract, power of society. Profit is the way masses of people equate nobility in todays world. Profit and the accumulation of money is the designation of a powerful being in society. The United States of America, the greatest behemoth of abstract power on the planet today, has a constitution that forbids the granting of nobility or the amassing of power over others on the basis of heredity, but it has profit. America has become the master of the representation of individual social power in the terms of money. We use money to stratify our society, though the wealthy debatably have no birth right to their power and priviledge they set themselves a part with the funds they have collected over time. These men and woman live the lavish life of tribe leaders, dukes, and princesses, they build empires for themselves, and buy political favors, and they carry great weight and influence in society. Is this not the nobility? Is this not the amassing of great power in the hands of the few over the many? These surely are signs of the flaws and mistakes in our utilization and organization of abstract power.
To accurately analyze and determine the benefit and detriment of all political economies, all social organization, all experiments of societal gatherings one must find those that are trusted to utilize the abstract power of society and one must see how it is that they utilize that power. The very nature of society depends upon the concent and complicity of the whole, so it is the happiness and well being of the whole that must dictate the merit and worthiness of our social structures and the lords we entrust with the power we voluntarily give to them. As nature itself produces organic life when the chaotic conditions of existence are balanced, so too must a successful society find a balance between the happiness and well being of its members. Surely if the plates of the social scale tilt there will be chaos, revolutions, unemployment, outrage, devastations, and collapse. But once balance has been achieved the scales will settle and a state of harmonious organization can prosper. Mutual benefit manifest, and communal equity keeps the negative spirits within our nature subdued.
Adstract power translates to many things in society, but socially it is alway a win or loose situation. A tug of war between multiple factions. Those of nobility have and the common man have not. The Capitalist has but the proletariat has not. Constantly humans, through out our history, have struggled with living in peace as the seductive tendencies of power, however it translates in a society, have been free to be claimed by whosoever wished to make claim howsoever they wished to do it. Power is a constant struggle between the classes of people in any society thus power must be spread in an equitable manner. The restraints we place on ourselves to accepted money, surfdom, slavery, employment could be better utilized if we acknowledged what it is that drives us to accept the losing hand in the societal war for power. If life is a constant struggle of seizing as much power in any situation as you can to one up the next person, or persons, how can one expect a true tone of civility and brotherhood to exist in any societal gathering?
Power is not just the core of political economies it is the driving force for most human interaction. So to sum the entire body of this work up, it is the power of society that must be dealt with communally if we wish to retire the stratifications and struggle of human interaction. To end the plague that hangs of the development of every major human empire, we must remove or restrain the seed that grows to bare the fruits of society that feeds the evil spirits within ourselves. Abstract power is communally generated thus it must be communally organized.