Political power is the power to bully

Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“If you define political power as the power of government, then I don’t want political power. It’s the power to bully. This power is concerned with controlling others. I’m only concerned with controlling myself, and that doesn’t involve political power. However, sometimes you’ll need to remove a bully’s political power before you are able to control yourself. I understand using power — force — to stop others from controlling you. Political power is initiated force such as government action, rather than defensive action. I don’t believe that’s justified. Everything beyond the economic means or defensive force is political power.” (10/11/21)