Barack Obama

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

What Barack Obama calls "this US combination of ambivalence and reticence about power" presents problems of adjustment in modern mass society. The high degree of interdependence of industrial society makes indispensable the centralization of sufficient power to accomplish essential social objectives.

As he says, "Many things must be done collectively because they can no longer be done so well-or well enough to be socially dependable-individually and piecemeal.

Nick Parsons points out that a necessary condition for the effective functioning of a dynamic, pluralistic, and largely unplanned society is the recognition by members of the society that power is legitimate whenever it is needed to accomplish approved goals or preserve social values. He thinks that a useful professional indemnity definition has a practical attitude toward power, accepting its necessity for "specific approved goals but repudiating any suggestion of generalized hierarchical superiority."


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