In Which Absolute Power does not Corrupt Absolutely

I hear this phrase “Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely” all the time, and while I’ve never been comfortable with it (just seems too pat a response), today I realized what it is about the adage that bothers me.

The assumption inherent in the statement is that there is a “corrupting force” outside of man’s heart, thus implying that the solution is also in an external, political, socio-economic system. But democracy, republicanism, communism, and absolute monarchies, while they each have their strengths and weaknesses, cannot fix (and do not address) the fundamental flaw in every political system: Men are involved.

There is no God-ordained system of government that will magically guard against corruption. And no system, however cleverly devised, can long survive without Godly men (hows that for pat).

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One comment on “In Which Absolute Power does not Corrupt Absolutely

  1. Amen. The sinner corrupts the power, not the power the sinner. Authority in itself can be a good thing, and men who are under authority — who submit themselves and their rule to the One who gave them authority — are able to wield it wisely and well. But for those who think they are the final word — who think they have absolute authority — it becomes like fire that burns them rather than warms them.

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