Holiday in Lisbon – Lisbon Travel for But what if I am a rich landowner to whom a peasant family is heavily indebted and I announce that it would greatly displease me were anyone to vote or otherwise participate in an upcoming election. To be consistent with our 54 thinking politics definition, we must say that the landowner is exercising power, specifically the power of coercion. The peasants, unlike the person shackled to the wall, retain the option of ignoring the intimidating threat, casting their ballots in spite of it, and awaiting the hinted-at reprisals. Admittedly, the line drawn between force and the power of coercion in this case is very thin and would be of little consolation to the intimidated peasants. But the distinction remains important. At times, however, the line drawn between force and power all but disappears. If I persuade you to hand over your wallet by pointing a loaded gun at your head, you remain at liberty to retain your wallet (for the moment) and pay the consequences. Holiday in Lisbon – Lisbon Travel 2016.