Political Power

1656 Words May 13th, 2006 7 Pages
Political Power…

Many political philosophers would argue that political science is nothing more than the study of political decision-making and how it affects the daily lives of the populous. Politically, having the ability to influence others is a very strong power that beckons responsibility. In order to obtain this, one must be able to convince others that what is being requested or instructed is being done in the best interest of the person and populous, in the name of the common good. Political power creates a foundation in our lives, through persuasion, manipulation, and our own morality, by which we are instructed about what we "ought to do."
Political power exercises the art of persuasion. In the play Gorgias, written by Plato,
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Aristotle's discussion of slavery is important for an understanding of Aristotle's idea of freedom and its relation to political power. A slave is "a possession of the animate sort," meaning that he is a tool of action, and belongs completely to the master. Aristotle does not support slavery by today's standards; he only supports cases where the slaves are actually slaves by nature. A natural slave is one who does not have the full use of reason. According to Aristotle, he perceives reason, but does not have it. Legal slavery, however, is unjust because not all the conquered humans are slaves by nature. If someone who is not a natural slave is unrightfully enslaved, the situation is uneven for both the master and the slave. With this, is it our nature to rule one another? "To rule over men is better than to rule over wild beasts;" Aristotle wrote, "for the work is better which is executed by better workmen, and where one man rules and another is ruled, they may be said to have a work."
Manipulation is a strong branch of political power. This branch aims to convince people to become followers under an unproven and underdeveloped theory of politics, and the leader's idea of the common good. If politics aims at focusing in on the common good, which person's definition of "common good" are we all to follow? The political community, namely senators and various board members, often manipulate our ideas of what is good. Parents
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