On the Relationship Between Knowledge and Power

… surely there is no automatic, positive link between knowledge and power, especially if that means power in a social or political sense. At times knowledge brings merely an enlightened impotence or paralysis. One may know exactly what to do but lack the wherewithal to act. Of the many conditions that affect the phenomenon of power, knowledge is but one and by no means the most important.

Langdon Winner, The Whale and the Reactor: A Search for Limits in an Age of High Technology
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