Power in the 21st Century

The basic concept of power is the ability to influence others to get them to do what you want. There are three major ways to do that: one is to threaten them with sticks; the second is to pay them with carrots; the third is to attract them or co-opt them, so that they want what you want. If you can get others to be attracted to want what you want, it costs you much less in carrots and sticks.

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Obama Victory Aftermath: Racism is Alive and Well in the US

Pin sold at Texas Republican Convention, June 2008. However, it was banned later and the head of Texas GOP said that they will “neither tolerate nor profit from bigotry.” (CNN)

Cross burnings. Schoolchildren chanting “Assassinate Obama.” Black figures hung from nooses. Racial epithets scrawled on homes and cars.

There have been “hundreds” of incidents since the election, many more than usual, said Mark Potok, director of the Intelligence Project at the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate crimes.

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