Greedy Institutions; Patterns of Undivided Commitment

Greedy Institutions; Patterns of Undivided Commitment

Greedy Institutions; Patterns of Undivided Commitment

Greedy Institutions; Patterns of Undivided Commitment

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The mistresses of powerful men, at times, not only gratify these men's sexual desires, but also help sustain and implement their power. Such women can play major political roles under circumstances where their lovers, though powerful men, have a need for totally trusted instruments of rule because in centralizing their power they cannot fully depend on their ordinary subordinates.

The world of politics usually has been an exclusively male preserve. The political game has been played mainly by male players. Women, in common with other excluded players such as Jews, foreigners, or members of stigmatized religious bodies, have had an inferior status characterized, at least in part, by their exclusion from political affairs. Such persons could be trusted as political instruments for the twofold reason of their lack of competing loyalties and their total dependency upon the ruler they serve. Just because of their social incapacity to participate normally in the political game as autonomous actors, such persons could be especially valuable instruments of powerful men who . . .

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