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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: Of course it does.
    Humans are not greedy by nature.

    It is only one kind of response that is used when needs are not met or are threatened, usually
    in a system that is unjust and corrupt to begin with.

    It isn't human nature.

    In a just system, there is no reason to be greedy, deceitful and so on.
    In a just system, humans behave much differently than they do in a corrupt one.
    Virtually all crime would disappear.
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      Jun 26 2013: Hi Random there‘s corruption in every goverments around the globe and a lot of people still choose to excise integrity when in a unjust system. Have we had a just system throughout human history?what is a just system?
      • Jun 26 2013: Hi Amily.
        A just system is a system in which there is no reason or cause to be corrupt.
        Just take the idea of someone labeled as having a criminal mind.
        To me, that is misleading because when and if you have a system in which there are no reasons
        for committing crimes, and then someone does commit a crime, you may have some basis for saying that person has a criminal mind.
        A just system is a real possibility but people have to learn to let go of the paradigm they have had embedded in their psyche. They need to do that first before they will be able to truly imagine and maybe create a new, better and just system. An unjust system cannot be made just. Replace it.

        Yes there is corruption in every government and in almost all agencies and institutions around the globe. Why? Because the systems are themselves founded on corruption. That is how they survive.
        Thus, anyone who wishes to become very successful in such a system must become corrupt to do so.

        We can blame people but it is the system that is ultimately corrupt, by default.
        Take money. Let me give you at least seven needs of a monetary system. Needs a monetary system needs to survive.
        Crime, greed, inequality, slavery, poverty, war and death.
        Are these your kinds of needs? They aren't mine and to expect those who have power, mostly gotten by being corrupted, to give it up, is foolish. So, when you say, "a lot of people still choose to excise integrity when in a unjust system," that is true but it isn't true of those in power, those in government, those who control the money, the weapons, the media and so on.

        If you think all we need is for those people to be ethical and honest and act with integrity, you would be fooling yourself, as many do today. They never will because the power, greed, crime, inequality and the advantages of creating those for the benefit of the few, wins out, in an unjust system.

        I don't care for an unjust system, nor do I intend on acquiescing to it, again, as most do or have already.
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          Jun 27 2013: Hi Random. Thank you for clarification.
          Any official in government who takes bribes will not be excused, justifying himself/herself by blaming the unjust system that has led to the corruption behavior. Any system that neglect personal reponsibilty for one's behavior is never a just system.

          A just system is created by people.What seems to be a just system to A may not seem to B.What seems to be a just system to the majority may not seem as the same to the minority.There's no absolute.But...That dosent mean we cant improve the corruption by a better system.

          Just take the idea of someone labeled as having a criminal mind.
          To me, that is misleading because when and if you have a system in which there are no reasons for committing crimes, and then someone does commit a crime, you may have some basis for saying that person has a criminal mind.

          No I dont judge if a person has a criminal mind or not . Until that very act is done and happens to be "criminal" according to defination come up with people,it is crime according to law.Again,do i judge him/her then as having a criminal mind?Thats just not the point.

          So, when you say, "a lot of people still choose to excise integrity when in a unjust system," that is true but it isn't true of those in power, those in government, those who control the money, the weapons, the media and so on.

          I dont deny there are systems that make it even harder for people than other systems and after all think about the choices they have.

          If you think all we need is for those people to be ethical and honest and act with integrity, you would be fooling yourself, as many do today.

          No Im not a diciple of Conficius who trys to manage people's behavior by preaching and educationg morals.

          They never will because the power, greed, crime, inequality and the advantages of creating those for the benefit of the few, wins out, in an unjust system.

          Does the unjust system build itself up for the benifit of the few?

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