Can great men (and women) be good people?

Posted: June 7, 2011 in News

This is the age old debate about if putting people in power corrupts them, or are corrupt people just more likely to gain power.

Excerpt from the article: [Can great men (and women) be good?]

{“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.” As depressing as they may be, these words of British historian Lord Acton from over 100 years ago are tempting to believe, given the recent falls from grace of leaders at home and abroad. Regrettably, reports of criminal and/or sexual misconduct are all too commonplace and can have far-reaching impact. First, there’s the humiliation of spouses and children with their lives upended under the spotlight’s glare. And long after the handcuffing and apologies, a cloud of betrayal and distrust can hang over the public.}

I think its a very interesting idea, that maybe our flaw is in human nature, and that by placing people in power we are destroying them.  Maybe the first qualification for being in an elected office should be that you really don’t want to be in a position of power at all.


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