CoercionFrom Latin coercion, coercion is a Pressure that is exerted on a person to force a conduct or a change in your Will. Coercion, therefore, is associated with repression, restriction or inhibition.

For example: “The presence of the police acted as a coercion for the protesters”, “The coercion paid off and the victim gave up filing the complaint”, “If the boy does not want to understand reasons, we will have to think of some method of coercion”.

Coercion is generally based on threat of the use of violence (physical or otherwise) to condition a person’s behavior. Suppose a young man is mistreated by the police and is about to carry out a complaint before the Justice. When he leaves his home, he finds a patrol car at the door. He arrives at the corner of his house and an officer asks him for his documents. After several minutes, it lets you go on your way. Before reaching the court, he receives a phone call but, when he attends, he only hears a police siren. All these facts can act as a coercion so that the boy does not make the corresponding complaint.

It is often said that legislation works through coercion, since the threat of punishment prevents people from committing crimes for fear of the negative consequences imposed by the law. In this sense, if a person who sees how a woman neglects her purse plans to steal it, he may decide not to do so after thinking that if he is caught he will surely go to jail.

Legal coercion

Legal coercion occurs in a State of Right, through the imposition of sanctions that are applied in the event that citizens fail to comply with a series of rules, which are limited through prohibitions. In other words, to be able to consider any norm as legal, there must be a coercive power that accompanies it, which will involve the use of force to counteract a potential breach.

CoercionThe penal code establishes a list of behaviors (which are outside the limits of the norms) for which a penalty must be imposed.

International coercion

Peaceful coercion frequently occurs at the level international, and it occurs in the form of a threat of sanction, which can be economic or diplomatic. It is worth mentioning that the threat of resorting to force (military intervention) is expressly prohibited by contemporary International Law.

Cyber ​​coercion

Yes OK Internet is an invaluable resource for education and communication, it is also used as a means of harassment through the inappropriate use of messaging systems (chat, email, mobile phone text messages) and of sites such as blogs and fotologs, among others, for the purpose of exposing others and publicly humiliating them. It is a dangerous power play, that can ruin someone’s life to make another pass a good time.

When used to exert coercion, the Internet becomes a threatening universe, which can expose our privacy, our bank details, our home address, and put us in risk or publicly humiliate ourselves in front of the entire world in a matter of minutes.

Other types of coercion

From the point of view, it can be said that capitalist corporations have the power to act through coercion to control resources such as housing, water and food, vital to human beings, as in the hydraulic economy. Some point out that in an open, unregulated market, coercion has no place, since the freedom of entry that competitors have nullifies the possibility of threats and potential monopoly.