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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 25 2013: "In party politics, does political gridlock constitute a failure of leadership akin to corruption?"

    I believe that the answer is yes, sometimes. I think there's more to it than that though.

    I believe it's far easier for us to place people in "boxes" labeled with extremes than it is to objectively assess an individual's or group's character/motives. I think all leaders, no matter how much goodness they might have in their hearts, can find themselves making decisions that could be viewed as corrupt. We're all human, and we all are capable of making mistakes, especially when under extreme pressure to make decisions and take action. Granted, the mistakes made by those in power can have much greater consequences that mistakes made by average citizens. Does that mean that they should be labeled as corrupt? That being said, how often do we see political gridlock because each side BELIEVES they are fighting corruption coming from the other side(s)? In these cases, it seems as if emotion completely takes over and reason flies out the window.

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