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Today's Big Idea: The Rules of Power

The Big Idea for Friday, October 05, 2012

In a presidential election year, when we’re not focused on some irrelevant detail about a politician’s sordid past, we’re focused on the issues of the day – education, military spending, taxes . . . But as the philosopher Michel Foucault demonstrated in sweeping historical analyses like The History of Sex and Discipline and Punish, power is its own animal.

In the family, in the workplace, and on the political stage, people rarely gain and maintain power by accident and without breaking the rules of polite society.

 

Perspectives

  1. 1 Nice Girls (and Boys) Don’t Get The Corner Office
    Jason Gots Think Tank
  2. 2 Ten Extraordinary Women in Male-Dominated Fields
    Max Miller Women and Power
  3. 3 The Rules of Power: What Che and Hitler Have In Common
    Jason Gots Think Tank
  4. 4 Where Are All the Women Scientists?
    Megan Erickson Think Tank
 

Today's Big Idea: The Rules...

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