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power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely

The more powerful one is, the more unscrupulous one becomes. A: "I never should have appointed him head of the committee." B: "You need to call him in for a meeting before he thinks that he can do whatever he wants. Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."

absolute power corrupts absolutely

One who holds unchecked power or authority is likely to become corrupt or abuse one's position. This phrase is usually attributed to 19th-century historian Lord Acton. He really started abusing the authority of his office when he was promoted to CEO. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Prov. One who has total authority is very likely to abuse his position. (This phrase was used by the British historian Lord Acton: "Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.") We thought that Johnson would be a responsible mayor, but within a year of taking office, he was as bad as all the rest. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
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He further advocated that they seem to view corruption positively because they did not link their analysis with the different stages of corruption to see the negative consequences of corruptive acts.
The Asian nation of Singapore should serve as a model, a country noted for having zero tolerance for corruptive practices.
He said the "long-term" plan for the movement consisted of fighting to change "corrupt and corruptive regimes" and "hurrying to the fields of jihad like Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia for jihadi preparation and training".
So bribed and sucked into the corrupt web, African leaders can do no more than struggle to establish and run the corruptive system in their own countries.
Sharply illuminated in a crisp adaptation by David Mamet and advanced by a tip-top ensemble under helmer David Warren, the cautionary themes of "The Voysey Inheritance"--the corruptive nature of capitalist economic models and their corrosive impact on the human character--emerge with shattering clarity.
Bohorquez gave the Fox government good marks for effort in the fight to end corruptive practices such as bribery, but said much remains to be done.
His episodic introductions of "dog meat" Warlord Zhang Zongchang and corruptive civilian official Cao Kun are eye opening.
However under the new law, it is the duty of the Anti-Corruption Committee to launch the investigation and furbish proof and evidence of corruptive measures committed by the accused individual.
In his marvelous 1974 book, The Future of Imprisonment, Norval Morris, the distinguished criminologist and long-time consultant to the Federal Bureau of Prisons wrote: "The criminal law's reach has been extended in this country far beyond its competence, invading the spheres of private morality and social welfare proving ineffective, corruptive and criminogenic.
He cites the corruptive influence of the violence waged by Mugabe and the rebels against the Rhodesian government of Ian Smith as the seed crystal from which his subsequent corruption grew.
We actively seek to eliminate terrorism from our land; please help us actively seek to eliminate this corruptive terrorism that is stealing our children's future.
But in addition to the theme of corruption, the private behavior in El bonaerense is representative of the sexist and patriarchal society that is Latin America, which coincides, or perhaps are the roots of corruptive public behavior.
By raising civil service salaries and establishing strong anticorruption bodies such as Singapore's Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau, governments are able to make a dent in corruptive practices.
Would it work to diminish the role of unregulated contributions and their corruptive influence in the political process?
The new law was badly needed to level the political playing field and to reduce the often corruptive influence of money in American politics.