The US Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of New York
I find the article interesting because it closely matches my conception of power. As a kid who crawl out of a hole in southern China to miraculously land in the heart of Texas, the pathways to power in the U.S. has always been nebulous to me. But I thought the nature of power worked the same way everywhere: one dispenses justice to build legitimacy, then uses legitimacy to build consensus, and finally uses consensus to effect change. It is interesting to see part of this principle at work at a the level of individuals.
The article describes the people and the institution behind one mechanism of justice and legitimacy in the U.S. It also describes the interplay of the institution with peers that exert power of a different nature: money. Many of this institution are often captured by the pull of other powers. Others have gone on instead to capture power itself.
Overall, the article paints a fascinating picture of those who serve power, and those who are served by it.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Monday, May 13, 2013
I was going to write about a wedding scene in a movie I liked, but the embed option for the movie clip was disabled, so I guess I'll just have to blog about children's books.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Friday, April 26, 2013
8:30 PM me: just found out x
is getting married
me: I wonder if she is happy
but more to the point, I feel quite upset
V: Why upset?
me: for her getting married, but not to me
V: Why do you want to marry a girl you don't even know?
me: Yes, you do have a point
but I'm still upset