Power: Concept, Definitions–Hobbes, Rousseau, Russell, Shaw

Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan

“The greatest instrument of political authority is the ability to give names and enforce definitions.”

J.J. Rousseau, Social Contract:

“The stronger is never strong enough to be always master, unless he transforms his strength into right, and obedience into duty.”

Bertrand Russell:

The fundamental concept in social science is power, in the same sense in which energy is the fundamental concept in physics.”

Power: A New Social Analysis

“Powerlessness corrupts. Absolute powerlessness corrupts absolutely.”

G.B. Shaw, Man and Superman:

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world, the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.