Thursday, March 1, 2012

Do Most People Really Want Power and Freedom?

Oh freedom, oh freedom, oh freedom over me
And before I'd be a slave I'll be buried in my grave
And go home to my Lord and be free -- Lucy Kinchen
Do most people really want power and freedom? A common answer to this question is offered by a rule of thumb:
The more power and freedom a person enjoys, the stronger that person’s belief that those with less power and freedom “really” desire neither.
But is this "rule of thumb" just self-delusion, a hope to stifle competition? After all, unless you have followers, you’re not much of a leader.

Or is it likely true that unfree people seek even less freedom?

To examine these issues further, see Leadership as Usurpation

--- EGR