Power Plays

§ August 7th, 2012 § Filed under General § Tagged Comments Off on Power Plays

From our earliest childhood we have learned, most of us in classrooms, which are three public authorities. And they also taught us that tridivision is one of the most important because it excludes gains popular possibility that one person rules the same time issuing laws and dispensing justice, as in the territories oppressed by tyranny. In biblical times Herod and Pilate, leaders representing the Roman power, had at the same time the inauguration of judges to judge and convict the defendants on a clear expression of the powers concentrated in the same person. Today, when most free countries have firmly established the three branches of government, which must also be autonomous and independent, are speculating about what the fourth estate. What power of all is the most important after having governors, legislators and judges? A media and especially the press is mentioned frequently as the “fourth power” precisely because of its influence on public opinion and how that impacts to traditional powers will be accepted or rejected by the majority. However, the iconic journalist, writer and professor Javier Dario Restrepo has another opinion. In his book “Forty lessons of ethics states,” …

the power of the journalist is not traditionally wanted to mean by the term ‘fourth estate’. The fourth power is real society, with its vote to appoint or remove holders of the three traditional powers “According to the cited author appears as society as the real fourth estate, but it is obvious that in an age like ours and in a country like the one we were born, there are other powers of equal or greater scope than those already mentioned. Economic power, for example, is not only a force, but something very like a god who decides everything, is imposed and changes. Even appeals to society, so that this, in turn, appoint or dismiss the powers traditional. If something or someone does not engage in this power, is destined to disappear. And hospitals have disappeared once cared for the poor. And they are about to privatize universities where years have been formed by the sons and daughters depopulated.

But there are other powers, some not so obvious, such as fear, which prevents us from acting like we want and we should for fear of reprisals. And organized crime is able to seize the most important institutions of society through their networks envelopes overflowing excessive wealth and corruption. Finally mention the most enigmatic of powers: the power behind the throne. When we discover what or who it is we’ll know why this is what happens in the country.

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