Power simply can be defined as control over resources. This control allows for individuals to bring about change. The influence of power typically has a negative impact on individuals. It has even been said that “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Typically, as an individual gains power they tend to be less inhibited and act more based on their personal desires disregarding what is ethically right. Oftentimes, individuals lose sight of their morals in attempts to gain more power and exploit other people. Indeed, it is true that “with great power comes great responsibility” and whether an individual lets that responsibility corrupt them is a strong measure of their personal character (Ferguson and Peterson,
Power; one of the most common evils that great people and even whole nations are susceptible to. As Thomas Jefferson once said, “Experience has shown, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny”. His statement stays true with many examples prevalent throughout history. Entrusted with too much power, the Soviet Union government under Stalin’s rule had no fair legal process and over 40 million non-military civilians were killed of mainly famine or imprisonment in the gulags. He had the immense power of the government all under him due to the policy of democratic centralism which was when once the one government that has all the power makes a decision on an problem, there was no more debate about it. In democratic centralism, an issue goes through a cruel unicameral government and makes a decision despite the fact that there is no other body to counter the decision even if it is unfair and violates basic human rights. How did we avoid this? Well, our forefathers implicated the doctrine of separation of powers within the Constitution.
According to the social contract written by John Locke, the people must give their consent to the government to protect their natural rights. Therefore, a strong government is needed to enforce laws and ensure that things are set right. The regrettable side to this is that power is unfortunately bad. Why? Because of human nature. If power is given to only one person or group, it will gradually turn into a dictatorship – “absolute power corrupts absolutely”. In George Orwell’s famous book Animal Farm, he, in essence, spoke of how power was eventually only shared among the people in control, emanating in the result of the public not having their best interests looked after. Despite this hard fact, it is still only natural for a government to have power in order to function but it is way too dangerous to focus it on a particular person or group. Thus, the Framers made the wise decision to spread it out. By spreading power out among the three branches – the Executive, Legislative and Judiciary – it fulfills its purpose of giving government the necessary power it needs to function but at the same time, minimizing their power only to a certain limit.
Power consisting of force and strength has the capacity to alter the course of events. It can have a crucial impact on a government and the citizens living under that government. When the Revolutionary war ended, the new nation had to attain various political, social and economic changes. American colonists were no longer under the British government and loyal to the king. Consequently, the experience of living under a tyrannical government concerned the newly established states about the amount of power delegated to the government. Also, there have been certain scenarios where the government has attempted to take these rights away. In addition, throughout the history of the nation, there has been war and quarrel as to whether the government
Now, all this expansion may have caused conflicts and battles with other countries, however, these battles were insignificant compared to the inevitable war which the expansion caused - the civil
Power is a relationship between people; to clarify A won’t do what B wants unless B has power. Power is to achieve goals against other people will. Power is the ability or potential to influence outcomes in order to achieve an objective. Different types of power are usually blended together in order to achieve the required outcome.
In conclusion, power is often a source of violence. As a result the desire for power breaks down the boundaries set by rules and order, causes strife and competition, and governs the actions of many to act upon the animalistic instincts that are set deep inside even the best of us. There for once achieved, power has the ability to either improve or corrupt its holder.
Beginning in the 1700’s there was a drive of Western Imperialism that significantly changed not only the political landscape of Europe, but the whole world. In the quest for Imperialism new lands and cultures were found and explored. There is no single motive that can be viewed as the one and only reason that Imperialism was pursued. Upon looking into the motives of Europeans it is clearly evident that economic, the spread of Christianity, adventure and Social Darwinism all played their part in inspiring the quest to expand the influence of Europeans throughout the world.
Imperial expansion in 1860-1914 is often referred to as new imperialism, considering the first flush of territorial acquisitions that occurred in 15th &16th century. This expansion is deepening of the process of colonisation by Europeans in Africa and Asia, Japan in East Asia, and the United States in Central America and Asia. It was an aggressive extension of overseas territories, a ' White Man's Burden', establishing half a century of political and economic domination. This essay attempts to outline the sources and responses of this process.