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Power, Politics, Philosophy: Legal Power, Authority, and the Rule of Law

May 24 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

This discussion is part of a series of 6 facilitated by Daude Teel. Participants are welcome to attend one off discussions, or the entire series, as their interests and schedules allow.

Discussion #2: Legal Power, Authority, and the Rule of Law

We'll discuss whether legal power is always justified and rational, including cases of totalitarianism and when situations that grant the "right" to change the Rule of Law. We'll also dig into the similarities and differences between power and authority.

- Does power always look to supplant itself as the authority in every given situation?
- When there is a transgression of the Rule of Law by a power does that justify revolution?
- Is revolution justifiable?
- Is secession justified?
- Does a sovereign power have the right to transgress the Rule of Law in states of emergency?
- How do we strop a powerful entity from transgressing the Rule of Law, or creating a new Rule of Law in the first place?

- Level 1 reading [https://keydifferences.com/difference-between-power-and-authority.html] "Difference Between Power and Authority" by Surbhi S.
- Level 2 lecture: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coBcQajx18I&t=4203s] Judith Butler's "Legal Violence: An Ethical and Political Critique" (youtube)
- Level 3 reading: [https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/authority/] Authority: Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

A further reflection ...
Power exercised through legislative means, even in perceived abuses, is justified and rational. If power is utilized within the framework of the Rule of Law then it cannot theoretically be called abuse under the understanding that everyone is capable to do such. Legal exercises of power under pre-existing legislative conditions is the foundation of justice, liberty, and equality. If the State, group, or an individual becomes powerful enough to change the definitions and descriptions in order to stimulate or deter action in their favor, but not the things themselves it is justified in doing so. Every exercise in power is acceptable as long as it is within the framework of the Rule of Law. Authority is the delegation of power into another in order to ensure that an action is done. Authority stands as a more psychological as well as legal quantifier of power.

Daude's Bio:
Daude Teel is an aspiring political philosopher and existential thinker. He is one of numerous but silent individuals who thirsts for knowledge in all things, though, for the most part, he prefers depth in a couple areas to breadth. He always finds time for any discussion around the humanities. He has an urge to continuously throw around ideas wherever possible, and to stimulate the mind with questions one would never think of asking before. He is very adamant about the idea that a teacher is first a student, and he lives by the quote of Erasmus, "When I have little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.


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