Authority vs Power: Leaving the Lincolnian Neverland

“By authority, Nisbet meant not power (which is presumed and assumed), but a mutual and consensual understanding of respect both given and earned. An example would be a professor who earned the respect of his students and thus has established his authority by teaching well, knowing his subject, and treating the students with dignity. Opposed to this, as an example of power, would be the professor who wields grades over his students as a weapon.”

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



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