10 thoughts on “Power Without Accountabilty Revisited”

  1. I postulate that the very essence of domination of any real kind inheres in it a particular kind of relationship; the dominator acknowledges no obligations (or “account”) to the dominated. The implications are not ultimately self-evident, but it does provide a rational explanation for the arbitrariness of those who have exercised the power of life and death over others. The necessity of that aspect of the relationship inheres in the concept itself; dominating others may be contingent on not recognizing their humanity. I don’t think this is an original statement, so I won’t claim such.

  2. I’ve missed you John. I can see that you’ve missed me too; it’s been several years, no?

    I still fail to see how my vote is “arbitrary political power” since everyone else has a vote too; that makes it quite the opposite of arbitrary, by definition, and it makes it fairly limited in its power too. But I’ve spent a good several years without worrying about your disappointment in my logic, so I think I can make it a few more before checking back here again. Toodles!

  3. I’m skeptical as to whether the real Jefferson 1 has chosen to grace us here, but: It’s arbitrary because I didn’t grant you or anyone else power over my affairs, you simply choose to usurp such authority.

    I still fail to see how my vote is “arbitrary political power” since everyone else has a vote too…

    In what sense do I have a vote? By what legitimate authority do you think I have a vote? I have no more right to vote on your affairs than I have to steal your car. You might as well say: “That’s not arbitrary because anyone can steal a car”.

  4. “If every person has the right to defend – even by force – his person,
    his liberty, and his property, then it follows that a group of men have
    the right to mass produce millions and millions of adorable little
    creatures to protect these rights constantly, and they should give the
    adorable little creatures donuts when they ask nice and are polite and
    let them stay up late and watch that movie about the mushroom people.”-

    THE LAW, by Frederic Bastiat, Paris, 1850, maybe

    that movie about the mushroom people


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