"I like the distinction between authority and power. It shifts the ground of discussion in a most interesting way. That’s a really neat idea, the vision of our winning not by struggling for power but struggling for authority, or finding authority, or becoming authority. It seems to me that a cogent distinction between authority and power is that authority people want to make it a tradition, to hand on the authority, in order to teach others how to ‘author’ their own lives; whereas power people are devoted to keeping the power.” (From Restoring the Goddess, interview with a Goddess woman, p. 368-69.)
Although “power” runs the world today, I predict “authority” will run it in Goddess times.
Power is something wrested away, or stolen. In contrast, authority is earned -- by people others trust to do the “right” thing.
Power is a gun. Authority is influential ideas.