A weakness of traditional Western political thought has been a tendency to disparage a desire for power. Following Plato, many moralists have associated political virtue with a reluctance to pursue and exercise command. To want to rule others is to be morally disqualified from doing so. This is an unfortunate prejudice. Without some people governing others, basic social order could not exist, to say nothing of effecting desirable change. The prejudice against power-seeking has left politics too much to people with the wrong kind of ambition, most of whom desire power as an end in itself. Yet wanting power need not be immoral. Pursuing it can be a means to good.