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).