Jan 15 readings.docx - Human condition Power and the Space of Appearance Civilizations can rise and fall that mighty empires and cultures can decline

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Human condition - Power and the Space of Appearance - Civilizations can rise and fall, that mighty empires and cultures can decline and pass away without external catastrophes - The loss of power and final impotence undermines and kills political communities, power then cannot be stored up and kept in reserve for emergencies, eg. instruments of violence - Power keeps the public realm, the potential space of appearance between acting and speaking men - Power is not an unchangeable, measurable, and reliable entity like force and strength - People are the only indispensable material factor in the generation of power; power keeps people in being together - Power is boundless; it can be divided without decreasing it and the interplay of powers with their checks and balances is liable to gather more power - Violence (force) can destroy power eg. tyranny (cruel and oppressive gov’t/rule) - Tyranny contradicted the essential human condition of plurality, the acting and speaking together, which is the condition of all forms of political organization; it prevents the development of power - Strength can be ruined only by power, is in danger from the combined force of the many -

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