Atlas Shrugged: The Mocking

Friday, November 4, 2011

Power v

Most of us act out of emotion most of the time; emotions are instinctive and often overwhelm logic and reason. Almost everything that is important to us--love, family, self-esteem, fears and dreams--is heavily guided by emotion. But we insist that we make decisions based on facts and logic when we usually look to facts and logic to support our emotion-based decisions. We make choices and decisions that make us feel good and avoid painful emotions.

A lot of people derive a great deal of pleasure from gaining superiority over others, it feeds their ego and eases fears and insecurities; power both alleviates and creates great fears. The "winners" in our society will never have enough money or power because the pleasure does not come from being rich, it comes from feeling superior to another individual or group. Once you gain a little power you must continually press for more, to fill an unfillable need for the ego-stroking that power provides.

Power is a verb. Power is not a thing to be won or lost. It is a relationship and it only exists when it is wielded. People do not hold power over us, they demand the power and we give it. When we start exerting power, the relationship changes.

Power is also an incredible high but it only stimulates the pleasure centers when it is demonstrated. It was utterly illogical for the Wall Street elite to go out on their skyscraper balcony to drink champagne before the Occupy Wall Street Protesters. They did it anyway, laughing, because it felt great to know that they are far more powerful than the rabble below them, the little mice scurrying about the cobblestones and squeaking about their short, unimportant little lives. The Enron boys laughed about screwing Granny. Our presidents laugh as they send drones and soldiers off to die. The problem with being one of the 99% percent is that there are so many of them and everyone knows value is based on scarcity.

Coming up next: Megan McArdle whips out her magnifying glass and examines the unfortunate phenomenon of disgruntled youth taking to the streets.

(edited after posting)


ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Megan McArdle whips out her magnifying glass and examines the unfortunate phenomenon of disgruntled youth taking to the streets.

If it's the link I think it is, I made a few friends with Meegan's distinguished common taters:

Natural born, right-wing authoritarian bootlickers.

Anatole David said...

Fabulously done. Can't add much to the fullness of this piece's measure. Power is merely a relation. Ideologies offered up in Power's defense; as something natural, ordained by God, IQ, Tribalism, or hard work; contrive to hide its relative weakness.

Anatole David said...


Her commentariat is rife with sadistic fascists. They celebrated the driver of the Mercedes driver who ran over people. Another posted it was time for machine guns. Sick people. Keyboard Ubermensch.

Anatole David said...

oops minus "driver" after Mercedes

Anonymous said...

Kathy said...

The MOTUs fear that the 99% really will realize that we have a great deal of power; not just the power of numbers, but real, economic power. They'll work hard to keep Americans divided, but I hope with less and less success as their own staggering greed and malice towards everyone "not them" becomes more and more obvious.

Will American police stick with the 1%ers (like in Oakland), or tell them to Shove It when they order the rubber bullets and tear gas?