Authority vs Power: Leaving the Lincolnian Neverland

“The fundamental difference between the sexes is that one of them can kill the other with their bare hands.”

That is power. Not authority, but power. The ability to subdue. Authority on the other hand is a two way street. There must be submission if there is to be authority. Jailers don’t have authority over their prisoners de facto, they have power over them. A prison can become a place where authority exists but only if it is mutual.

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