The Role of power in Mosaics II

Throughout the four texts, the theme of power evolves as society becomes more complex. Power changes in different contexts. In the beginning, the well known concept that knowledge is power is introduced; that power can both be given and be gained, and moving through the texts one sees how true that concept remains through history and present day. We have seen opposing interpretations of power with Rousseau in the context of Hobbes and Locke. In this case, power is linked with inequality and readers can clearly see that sources of power shift over time. From this point, we jump ahead to Marx, who believes these shifts in power are cyclical and inevitably power will be distributed evenly after revolution. 

This first piece addresses the role of power as knowledge through the lens of Plato's Republic. In addition to the well known cave allegory describing the discovery and increase of knowledge as one progresses towards the light, the passing of knowledge and training of the mind and body were of utmost importance.
This piece depicts the type of working environment I imagine when reading Marx. This could be a group of workers coming home for the last time before a major revolution. Here one can see the role of power does not lie with the men walking home. They look tired, are all dressed the same, and seem hunched over.
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