Power and the Corrupt
Everyone is familiar with Lord Acton’s quote:
“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.”
The problem I have with that quote is that it is misleading. The biggest problem with power is not that it corrupts the innocent, but that it attracts the people that are already corrupt.
I don’t think there was anything special about the Catholic church back in the middle ages when Martin Luther got fed up. That’s where the power was concentrated.
Lenin and Hitler weren’t decent men corrupted from power, they were horrid bastards that sought power at any cost.
Today’s politicians weren’t corrupted by Washington. They pursued public office because that’s where the power is.
Creating bigger and bigger government and then complaining about the corruption is like spraying a picnic area with sugar water and then complaining about the ants.
(Mostly a copy of a comment at left at Farmer Frank’s)
Entry filed under: Politics.