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Absolute power corrupts absolutely, would you agree or disagree?

Specifically relating to world governments or leaders, once a party or individual rises to the top of the power structure will they predictably abuse that power?

Furthermore, if the party or leader attains power but doesn't use it in a way that helps the most people possible, does that constitute corruption in your mind?

In party politics, does political gridlock constitute a failure of leadership akin to corruption?

What do you think?

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    Jun 24 2013: Concerning the literary sense: if someone has an Absolute power, he/she becames as a god. Who could corrupt god?
    So the power could corrupt in case it is not absolute. Because if a person wants and absolute power he/she realize how limited power he has and how he depends from anothers. Also ambitious plans turns to overcome limits so others becomes a denger...

    I suppose real absolute power never corrupt. But limited power to the person with unlimited ambitions and desires could make corruption.
    • Jun 25 2013: I am not sure that absolute power doesn't exist in modern era, except God. I think that Kim Jun Eun has absolute power within his country of North Korea. Of course he is corrupt, but more evidently with the assistance by his underlings.
      However, in history, when most countries had kings or emperors, there are some who qualified as "in a way that helps most of the people possible" (i.e. most in number of people). But of course, there was no way that s/he could control the court officials to commit corruptions using his/her name. Still, one may say that there were relatively good kings and bad kings.
      In modern democracies, the two-party gridlock has been infected by BOTH CORRUPTION AND INCOMPETENCE.

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