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Countervailing Power

The need for countervailing power has been around for a long time as the following quotes give a feel for what is involved:

An oppressive government is more to be feared than a tiger.
Confucius (551-479BC)

A democracy is a government in the hands of men of low birth, no property, and vulgar employments.
Aristotle (384-322BC)

Nothing appears more surprising to those who consider human affairs with a philosophical eye, than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few.
David Hume (1711-76)

No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent
Abraham Lincoln (1809-65)

Even in the purest democracies ... a privileged minority stands against the vast enslaved majority.
Mikhail Bakunin (1814-76)

Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
George Orwell (1903-50)

Liberation from domination and exploitation requires that people build up and exercise a measure of counter power to the dominant interests in the society.
G V S De Silva (1986)

In the advanced industrial societies the problem (of power) is typically approached by a variety of measures to deprive democratic political structures of substantive content, while leaving them formally intact. A large part of this task is assumed by ideological institutions that channel thought and attitudes within acceptable bounds, deflecting any potential challenge to established privilege and authority before it can take form and gather strength.
Noam Chomsky (1989)

The psychodynamics of the modern capitalist mode of thought
bulletRebel against the forced sickness of capitalism
bulletCapitalism Calling
bulletSocio-economic factors leading to the emergence of modern capitalism in the West
bulletFour Clusters of Political Attitude
bulletFinding mental space for movement



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