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The crucial unexamined "given," then, is power. It is, generally speaking, some notion of power that underlies all critical or political analyses. But what is power? And, crucially, how do we relate it to language? The notion of power also sits at the heart of the term empowerment, and if we are to salvage anything useful for this bland and overused term, we need to know what version of power we are dealing with. One of the difficulties with the notion of power is that it is used so widely to mean so much (or so < previous page page_27 next page > < previous page page_28 next page > Page 28 little).
A liberal democratic view of politics tends to locate power in the government, and thus one political party is "in power" until a different party is voted into power. Most are aware, however, that behind the veneer of politics, there are many others that "hold power" or "wield power," and these may be anything from a general notion of the state to international capital, the aristocracy, or the media. Different political visions have different conceptions of how power can be shared, seized, or redistributed.
137). Mentalism refers both to his emphasis on the innateness of linguistic (and other) competencies and to his attempt to "understand the workings of the human mind within the framework of the natural sciences" (Smith, 1999, p. 143). Finally, his libertarianism centers on his belief that humans should be free from constraint. The connection between these positions is not always evident. According to Chomsky (1979): There is no very direct connection between my political activities, writing and others, and the work bearing on language structure, though in some measure they perhaps derive from certain assumptions and attitudes with regard to basic aspects of human nature.