Power today is exercised mostly in the name of good, says Democracy Now!'s Nermeen Shaikh in this public discussion. "The purveyors of power, and those who are its recipients, often construe its deployment as an act of benevolence, or at least of eventual improvement, if not salvation. The exercise of power is inextricably bound with violence, visible and invisible."
Shaikh's talk addresses "why it is imperative to question the use of power, to reveal its violent underside, even as its professed intentions are noble, its locus is dispersed, its reach infinite, especially as we live in the only imperial state remaining, whose influence is felt, tangibly and less tangibly, all over the world."
She discusses contemporary news events, as well as examples from other forms of storytelling, to demonstrate "how such questions can persistently be raised even, or perhaps especially, when they may appear unnecessary, futile or hopeless."