Res Publica - Journal of Undergraduate Research


When determining where the meaning of truth lies in this world, the first question to ask is this: what truth is the world looking for? For medical scientists, they look for the truth to longevity. For philosophers, they look for moral truths. For political scientists, they look for the truth of power. What does power do, and how is it used are questions to ponder when investigating this truth; however, one must first answer the question of where does power lie. Some political scientists, such as Francis Lieber, reminds us how history relates the concept of power with God, the all-powerful, all-knowing creator through the phrase “Vox Populi Vox Dei” – the voice of the people is the voice of God ( 1877 ). The historical phrase presumes that the power of God, and therefore power itself, exists within the people. However, both Lieber, Dahl, and Ford will show that the voice of one God, aka the power, cannot lie with the voice of the people.