The powerful message conveyed by Kennan is that power is not concentrated in only one local area of a government — which most tend to believe, but is instead allocated, maybe not equally but significantly over all American institutions and groups. We see this with conspiracy theorists believing there is one super-power that leads the U.S. government or the many Marxists that believe big banks and Wall Street have the final verdict over government affairs.
This is applicable to the United State’s current state of affairs; with many fearing the now elected president, Donald J. Trump, over his controversial policies and lack of experience within the political field. However, people seemingly cannot grasp the idea that the president is not a supreme ruler over the U.S. whose proposals will go unchanged and implemented without question, but instead, with our check and balance system can be rejected and subject to alteration by the other two branches of government. Not to say the government holds all the power, as history has elucidated that the government is highly vulnerable to corruption, with money having the ability to sway political actions. Thus banks and other wealthy corporations do too have a certain control over our government. And let us not forget one if not the most powerful factor in determining a country’s route: the people. The people may occasionally become oppressed and bow to the rulers of a country, but when a country follows this path of rule through fear, challenge to the rule is almost always evident. With the people rising above the slums they were forced into to push for change, and usually they get change as seen with the American Revolutionary War, Civil War, and the War of 1812.
This distribution of power is not only seen in the U.S. (as the allocation of power extends beyond the U.S., but not to the same degree), but throughout many countries’ governments and forms of rule. Currently we can see Ukraine having broken away from Russia, desiring to be a separate entity that can establish its own policies. Even with Russia’s massive artillery, power and success is not solely based on weaponry. A great exemplification of this would be the ex-dictator of Libya, Muammar Gaddafi who, with all his power, was overthrown by the people. One branch cannot have complete and utter control over another. This is why many countries were forced to form separate branches that can specialize on a specific subject as a way to form a more cohesive and efficient governing body. However, while it can be observed in other countries it is less likely to be seen outside of the U.S. With the U.S. government having an electoral system and a check and balance system while countries like North Korea give the majority of power to one man.
Why is power split this way? Is it possible to achieve a form of government with one almighty power? In short, yes. While establishing a government in which there is one supreme ruler is plausible, it is very improbable. People strive for equal representation in human society and are willing to fight for such an inalienable right. Ask yourself, if it is truly possible that one person or even one small faction to have so much power over so many people? The amount of information and decisions needed to be made within any and every country vastly exceed the processing capabilities of a conglomerate of human brains. This is why human systems are divided, with each institution serving a different purpose.
Conclusively, power is allocated throughout various factions. Although it may not be an equal distribution of power, it is a system that averts complete, eternal rule. Although factions of the government may be susceptible to corruption with the aspect of fortune, they are not the majority and if they are, can be repaired or overthrown and replaced with anew system. The government has its power thanks to the willingness of the people to give up certain aspects their life in turn for certain services provided by the government, the government is split into various branches, corporations are battling each other, the government is preventing the formation of monopolies, and the list goes on and on. What i’m trying to get at is that the balance of power is clearly evident within human society; where power will change in its allocation in perpetuum.