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Power is not about

But what is it about? I tried to ponder that with you upthread.

not very relevant except as a way to get popular support of ones actions.

No, not only. It also influences the reactions of other states' governments. Both synchronously, and in the future when the power balance shifts. Powers that swung around their big stick too ruthlessly not rarely earned some form of cruel revenge once weakened...

As India wants to be seen as a Great Power, India has been developing... nuclear weapons.

And, did they ain an SC seat? Or economic dominance? Or a diplomatic role in more external conflicts than before? Or even, more red carpets rolled out, other than from the now gone US neocons? Or... what projections of power are you interested in?

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Wed Jul 15th, 2009 at 12:36:00 PM EST
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What is power about? Power is the ability to get other people to do things they don't wan't to do.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Wed Jul 15th, 2009 at 02:02:43 PM EST
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So, again, back to square one: what do you want to make other people to do as a Great Power?

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Wed Jul 15th, 2009 at 02:44:40 PM EST
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That's not really the question. I certainly don't want to make other states do this or that, but states want to do that. And their ideas on what they want to do with their power are certainly variable, though they are likely to be centered on securing prosperity, security and prestige.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Thu Jul 16th, 2009 at 03:16:16 AM EST
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The state transcends the people who populate, staff and govern it?

The peak-to-trough part of the business cycle is an outlier. Carnot would have died laughing.
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jul 16th, 2009 at 05:11:07 AM EST
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Then; re your title, what do you think Britain wants to make other states do that needs Tridents?

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Jul 16th, 2009 at 07:23:42 AM EST
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Take it seriously?

The peak-to-trough part of the business cycle is an outlier. Carnot would have died laughing.
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jul 16th, 2009 at 08:27:34 AM EST
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