How do you feel Nietzche's concept of the will to power influences or adds to your understanding of anarchy?Assuming that the will to power means "to mean a struggle against one's surroundings that culminates in personal growth, self-overcoming, and self-perfection, and assert that the power held over others as a result of this is coincidental. Thus Nietzsche wrote: My idea is that every specific body strives to become master over all space and to extend its force (its will to power) and to thrust back all that resists its extension. But it continually encounters similar efforts on the part of other bodies and ends by coming to an arrangement ("union") with those of them that are sufficiently related to it: thus they then conspire together for power. And the process goes on." Or how would you define it to make it relevant to you?
"My idea is that every specific body strives to become master over all space and to extend its force (its will to power) and to thrust back all that resists its extension."
that snippet, along with many others i have read from nietzche and stirner (as well as some of their contemporaries), expresses an aspect of their perspective that i take serious issue with, despite the fact that i could be misunderstanding the translations and interpretations of english speakers translating their words.
their concept of power seems absolutely rooted in an economic perspective of the world. the desire to constantly "extend" ones power (capitalist/economic expansionism, whatever the words used), is the very definition of imperialism to me, whatever the scale implied.
i honestly do not understand the phrase "will to power". the definition given by the asker of the question ("a struggle against one's surroundings that culminates in personal growth") makes no sense to me. if i had to constantly struggle against my surroundings, i would for damn sure find different surroundings. there are always choices. they just might not always seem appealing, especially when they appear to be limited to what facebook, twitter and cnn tell you.
ps: fuck perfection!!!!
if you haven't already done so, i highly recommend you read nietzache and anarchy by shahin. to be fair i am only about half-way though it but i have loved the first half.
"My idea is that every specific body strives to become master over all space and to extend its force (its will to power) ... "
to me, that statement is fairly clear, regardless of how one interprets the concept of "power". i have no affinity with it, as i understand it. i have no desire to be master over all space, and to perpetually extend that mastery. again, maybe i am completely misunderstanding the words i am reading. i am no intellectual, and i usually have a very difficult time reading more than a few paragraphs of most 19th century radical writers - or i guess more accurately, (most of the time) their translators.
i want to have (the "power" for) control over my own life; nothing more, nothing less.
if that is in fact what nietzsche intended to express, i would argue that either his words or his translators' do a poor job of expressing that. at least those (admittedly limited) words that i myself have read. and definitely the words i quoted at the top of this comment would seem to have a different intent entirely.