In the discussion thread: A Very Brief Return- for those resolving to be a "better person" in 2013. The Golden Rule. [View all]
Response to coti (Reply #10)
Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:03 AM
HiPointDem (20,729 posts)
11. i'm not really looking for anything, just exploring the notion. my thought was more focused on
the distributed nature of power; rupert murdoch is nothing in himself -- but by virtue of his money and its significance in our society (which is both mental & structural) he 'owns' a network of agents that will enforce his will all down the chain of command, in the same way a king used to 'own' lords who would enforce the king's will on smaller lordlings, and the smaller lordlings on vassals, etc. all down the chain of command.
so if we look at political resistance & protest, it's often directed at people who aren't powerful in themselves, yet indirectly enforce the power of larger actors.
as an example: during some protest people blocked freeways & i remember some posters here at du complaining about it - how totally innocent people were inconvenienced, how emergency vehicles might be held up, etc. some were quite irate about it.
another example might be a foreclosure process, when the local sheriff or whatever enforces the will of a multinational bank and the largely unknown, unseen bigshots that control it. can we be rude to the sheriff? can we resist, can we throw dung at him, even though we know that he isn't the one that willed the process?
is the question "is this action fair to the person i'm directly dealing with?" or is it "will this action be effective to achieve my ends?"
probably you have to consider both angles, and probably they co-mingle, but which side do you come down on when there's a divergence?
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