Power Defined

With the rise and fall of nations, one theme is central to each and every empire: power. Who has it, and how is it created, and lost? Power, control, authority, and the ability to influence others – this is what makes or breaks any governing structure. If we look closer, however, all these concepts are broken down into philosophical thought, and ultimately become the difference between ruling through fear, or with love.

Now, you may say that a ruling class sounds outdated, but I am sure you have heard the term “the wealthiest 1%,” or, perhaps, of the secret societies behind the current American paradigm. You may be surprised, but it is well-noted that democracy and oligarchies are supposedly able to coexist–funny, right? I imagine our founding fathers would be turning in their graves at that notion! But the reality is, it is all too common for persons of vast wealth or influence to bypass the infrastructures in place, and live above the people (for the people).

Just a year or two ago, the U.S. Treasury Department put forward an unofficial sanction on Russians (of all people), and listed nearly 200 oligarchies that rule from within their own country, regardless of the input of the current powers that be. Shouldn’t we have the very same list? Whatever happened to the social contract and the Constitution? It wouldn’t be purely speculation to say that we, as a nation, are becoming the very thing we rose up and rebelled against, are we not?

So, when does a power rise, and when does it fall? How effective is the recent and current governmental structure able to control, influence and assert its authority upon the people? Has the nation reached its peak, and is it now on a spiraling decline, and, if so, why? Is it due to oligarchies compromising the very founding structures of our country, or is it a combination of other matters entirely? You decide, we want to hear what you, the People, have to say.

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