Most of the people in The Misanthrope are either struggling to get power or exchange the power they have for something else. Alceste, on the other hand, is not even playing the game. That's a noble choice, but we all know it doesn't work out too well for him. Look, we get why everyone else wants power. Power wins lawsuits, it gets you friends, it gives you love. Who needs to deal with things as crass as money when you have power? Power is the best! But don't cheese off people who have the power, because it doesn't feel too good from the other side.
More than money, love, or friendship, everyone in The Misanthrope wants power.
Molière suggests that power comes through playing by society's rules. Alceste ends up powerless because he refuses to play the game.