A City Guide To Luqiao for In like fashion, Thomas Hobbes wrote that the power of a Man (to take it Universally) is his present means to obtain some future apparent good.2 Hobbes speaks of different sorts of power, including bodily power or strength, which is the physical means one has to move heavy objects and obtain some apparent good by doing so. Our present concerns, however, are not with strength or other sorts of physical power. We are concerned with power as it is manifest in political life. Like Russell, we are interested in power as the fundamental concept pertaining to the study of political society. This sort of social and political power may take many forms, which, while conceptually distinguishable, often operate in conjunction. Power is generally thought of as power over, as a kind of control over the decisions people make and the choices they have. A City Guide To Luqiao 2016.