power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely

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."
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And of course Acton's axiom: Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Lord Acton's warning "power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely" is just as relevant today as it was in the 19th century, as are the Founding Fathers' insights about the danger of entrusting fallen man with power over others.