QuestionWho is the most powerful man on Earth?
      – BorgClown, 2008-10-01 at 06:42:07   (20 comments)

On 2008-10-01 at 06:42:58, BorgClown wrote...
I used to think it was whoever was president of USA at the time. Now I'm not so sure.
On 2008-10-01 at 08:02:15, Sardia wrote...
I think power is very hard to measure.
On 2008-10-01 at 17:55:10, Baslisks wrote...
power is relative.
On 2008-10-02 at 17:52:46, Wonkobox wrote...
stephen hawking
On 2008-10-02 at 17:56:13, Lee J Haywood wrote...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_billionaires
On 2008-10-02 at 18:22:51, BorgClown wrote...
@Lee J Haywood: Financial power > Political power? Who has the power to regulate whom?
On 2008-10-02 at 18:25:44, Lee J Haywood wrote...
It seems that in the US those with money control those that do the regulating. But otherwise, there are many different types of power and it's not always meaningful to compare them. Alternatively, is a dictator with no-one to challenge them more powerful than the leader of a democracy who has to abide by the laws of their countries?
On 2008-10-02 at 18:27:03, Wonkobox wrote...
i think the person with the most power over others is probably the pope
On 2008-10-02 at 18:35:11, BorgClown wrote...
@Lee J Haywood: In terms of military power, USA is the shit, and consequently we tend to see its president as the most powerful man. But financial groups can steer USA's government, so maybe the richest USA guy is the most powerful man on Earth. Then again, the government can rape a particular guy if it wants to. Man, I stay unsure.
On 2008-10-02 at 18:37:08, BorgClown wrote...
@Wonkobox: A single missile (those evil terrorists, you know) can wipe the Vatican country.
On 2008-10-02 at 18:38:22, Wonkobox wrote...
@BorgClown: that doesn't detract from the fact that millions of people abide by what the pope says and does.
On 2008-10-02 at 18:39:58, Lee J Haywood wrote...
It's not real power though - the pope doesn't actually tell people what to do, he only gives them guidelines to follow. And most people ignore him anyway.
On 2008-10-02 at 18:40:23, BorgClown wrote...
@Wonkobox: Mildly abide. Do you know someone that actually gives the Church 10% of his earnings? Someone who always puts the other cheek?
On 2008-10-02 at 18:46:08, Lee J Haywood wrote...
http://www.time.com/time/picturesoftheweek/0,29409,1846665_1775357,00.html
On 2008-10-02 at 18:49:54, BorgClown wrote...
He's a drail, old man. Nothing to worry about: http://darkmonkey.org.uk/4/4/Lawful%20Evil.jpg
On 2008-10-02 at 18:50:06, BorgClown wrote...
*frail
On 2008-10-02 at 18:51:45, Wonkobox wrote...
The Pope weilds an inordinate amount of power. not specifically the current pope but the "office" of pope.
On 2008-10-02 at 18:53:18, BorgClown wrote...
Well, he's supposedly the undisputed ruler of his own little country. That's gotta count for something.
On 2008-10-03 at 10:54:12, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Perhaps it'd be easier to work out the most powerful man in history, although I wouldn't know where to start. Here's a new list of powerful women... http://listverse.com/people/top-10-most-powerful-women-in-history/
On 2008-10-03 at 17:57:07, BorgClown wrote...
Speaking of the Pope, the "Just war" catholic concept is amazingly sensible, specially when you consider the source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Just_War It basically says that war is allowed as the very last resource.