Money and power are inherently related. This is common knowledge. What is not common knowledge is the reason why this is the case. And the reason this is the case is quite simple.
Power is the ability to exert influence over how others choose to expend their time, effort, and resources.
Money is an accepted, demarcated representation of time, effort, and resources.
Ergo, money and power relate to one another on a directly proportional basis. An amount of money is a strong indicator of power, as well as being a source for the same.
An indicator: because, under normal circumstances, money is acquired by being able to constructively guide (or influence) human action.
A source: because it amounts to a direct means of accomplishing the same.
An insidious implication: when money stolen (or redistributed, which amounts to the same thing; subject of a future post), what is actually occuring is not merely theft, but also enslavement; because you are taking by force that which legitimately represents the time, effort, and resources of other people.
Contrast this to trade, which amounts to an agreement of equivalency; i.e., an agreement that a certain amount of time and effort on the part of one party, is equivalent in value to a different amount of time and effort on the part of another.
Tangential conclusion: people say that Capitalism is injust, and distributes income inequitably.
The former is not true; because the system in its strict sense, allows only for such economic relationships which each party (legitimately) in question is willing to voluntarilly agree to.
The latter is a partial truth: not everyone is «equal» in a capitalist system. This is, for the most part, a function of the fact that not all people are equal. Some are smarter. Some are harder working. Some have unique talents. Some people seem to think this is unfair. Such an attitude is not merely petty and resentful, but also counterconstructive. These people should be thankful that these people are so much smarter, hard-working, talented, and wealthy than them, because this enables them to create a world that is much more pleasant to live in for everyone; they are able to do this because they understand how to allocate themselves and their resources. If the socialists had their way, these people would be severely handicapped and we’d all suffer for it.
Caveat to the tangential conclusion: we do not live in a Capitalist society. We live in a Fascist society. If you do not understand the distinction (and many do not), then don’t worry; I will clarify it in a future post.