Stephen Lukes, Power: A Radical View

October 2, 2014 § Leave a comment

is it not the supreme and most insidious exercise of power to prevent people, to whatever degree, from having grievances by shaping their perceptions, cognitions, and preferences in such a way that they accept their role in the existing order of things, either because they can see or imagine no alternative to it, or because they see it as natural or unchangeable, or because they value it as divinely ordained and beneficial?

(Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2004, p. 28)

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