James P. Carse Quotes

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« Strength is paradoxical. I am not strong because I can force others to do what I wish as a result of my play with them; but because I can allow them to do what they wish in the course of my play with them. » ~Professor James P. Carse

« To speak meaningfully of a person’s power is to speak of what that person has already competed in one or another closed field. To see power is to look backward in time…..
Inasmuch as power is determined by the outcome of a game, one does not win by being powerful; one wins in order to be powerful. If one has sufficient power to win before the game has begun, what follows is not a game at all…..
One can be powerful only through the possession of an acknowledged title — that is, only by the ceremonial deference of others… I can therefore have only what powers others give me. Power is bestowed by an audience after the play is complete.
Power is contradictory, and theatrical. » ~Professor James P. Carse

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