IDEA, POWER, AND THE ARRIVING FUTURE
Keywords:Idea of Power, Power of Idea, Libricide, Democide, Memory, Freedom, Arrogance of Power, Persecution, Knowledge House, Powerlessness of Power
The tussle between power and idea for ascendancy dates back to the beginning of organized community living. Ever since, both have been after each other. History shows that however powerful and invincible power may seem to be at a certain stage, its hold on the lever of power gradually loosens. As such, and as the American defeat in Vietnam and collapse of the Soviet empire suggest, power gets weaker when it deals with the forces of change. While the history of the past, all pasts, has been written in red, solid initiatives should be taken to transform the role of power, and create more space for new ideas and new discourses. In order to ensure that the arriving future is encouraged to work for peace and justice for all, the uncontrolled power of power shouldn’t be accepted as something inevitable. It should be converted into a positive energy to work for common good. But how? This paper attempts to answer this question.
Mehdi, Syed Sikander. 2021. " Idea, Power, and the Arriving Future" Strategic Thought (3): 77-96.