As a person interested in both history and philosophy, I acknowledge the necessity within societies for the presence of a certain amount of manipulation against the self interests of both individuals and groups. This is because of the nature of the "social contract" where a certain amount of self interest has to be sacrificed in order to facilitate a certain amount of collective protection and disbursement of resources.
However, would it not be in the interest of this collective that the manipulation of both individuals and organized groups of people be kept to a minimum? When using the term "manipulation" I refering to the use of coercion, deception, and harassment to make a person or persons do things they do not want to do, whether they like it or not. As stated ealier, I acknowledge that a certain amount of manipulation is necessary for an organized society to exist. For example, there is the issue of law enforcement and the imprisonment of people who break the law. This indeed is manipulative in nature, because the goal of law enforcement and the imprisonment of criminals contains an inherent amount of coercion. However, as evidenced by activist individuals and groups, the power given to law enforcement and to prisons to manipulate people away from being criminals must be kept to a certain minimum, due to the potential abuse of this power for purposes that have nothng to do with law enforcement.
In an earlier post, I had posed a similar strain of thought. The reason why I am making this new post is that I would like to create a discussion about the "redistribution of power," in contrast to the usual paradigm of "redistribution of wealth." For sure, when a person has much wealth, he or she can commit massive influence or even outright manipulation. What I am saying is that money and property is only a small part of the problem. The real issue is that of power, the abuse of power, and the need to focus more how people manipulate each other and less on how people use or misuse wealth. I welcome feedback. Thank you for reading this.