Intellectual Self Defence

Brains are delicate things…

Domination versus Hegemony

Hegemony is not dominance: it is legitimated leadership. It allows me to go ahead with a social or political project that may be manifestly not in your material interests, but make you accept it regardless, perhaps even whole-heartedly, as I have persuaded you that it is only in your best interests.
Jeroen Warner Global environmental security An emerging ‘concept of control’ in Political Ecology eds Stott and Sullivan page 252

Hegemony, at its best, looks invisible. “The best trick the Devil ever played was making people think he didn’t exist…” Dominance is the trick of getting obedience by constantly waving the big stick in front of someone, and occasionally Making An Example of someone.

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