Aspects of Dominance : Power and Legitimacy (Max Weber)
….power = force, violence, coercion, seduction
Power presumes some level of inequality. Where they use some means to control you and keep you in control.
Whether it’s violence or manipulation.
….democracy = each has their role, voice, fairness, common sense
Equality is the identifying factor here. You have the choice of voting for or following this person. Or there is a reciprocal relationship. Negotiation is key to any relationship contracts or changes.
….legitimacy = model, experience, trust, respect, adherence to known protocol/rules, authority
Where the one in the seat of power has some means of proving they are worthy of you following them or letting them control you.
An example of this would be in academic fields, they pull out their CV.
….. consent = willing and knowingly engaging in this exchange.
In politics or in even vanilla and familial relationships, these concepts are critical to know. And in BDSM even more so.
People have asked me if I use BDSM concepts in real life and I’ve said that I do. Everyday. They may not have believed me. But when you consider it by the above concepts, who doesn’t?
Yet we’ve been looking for these very things in this US election campaign. Who has told you the truth? Or at least the most truth so you can make an informed decision? Which voice has been the one of calm and reason? Who can you trust and respect the most? Not only by their ideals and allegiances, but also their experience.
Maybe it’s time to apply what you learn in your kink life to other aspects if you don’t use these models elsewhere?
Max Weber’s bureaucracy authority-
famously moved on to identify three ideal types of legitimate domination based on, respectively, charisma, tradition, and legal rationality. Roughly, the
first type of legitimacy claim depends on how persuasively the leaders prove their charismatic qualities, for which they receive personal devotions and emotive followings from the ruled.
The second kind of claim can be made successfully when certain practice, custom, and mores are institutionalized to (re)produce a stable pattern of domination over a long duration of time. In sharp contrast to these crucial dependences on personality traits and the passage of time,
the third type of authority is unfettered by time, place, and other forms of contingency as it derives its legitimacy from adherence to impersonal rules and universal principles that can only be found by suitable legal-rational reasoning.
democracy is deemed as a fourth type of legitimacy because it should be able to embrace legitimacy from below whereas his three ideal types all focus on that from above