Archive for the ‘Lord Acton’ Category

All power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely

Friday, September 30th, 2011
corrupted image of man

I cannot accept your canon that we are to judge Pope and King unlike other men with a favourable presumption that they did no wrong. If there is any presumption, it is the other way, against the holders of power, increasing as the power increases. Historic responsibility has to make up for the want of legal responsibility…

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It is bad to be oppressed by a minority, but it is worse to be oppressed by a majority

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010
Acropolis

For there is a reserve of latent power in the masses which, if it is called into play, the minority can seldom resist. But from the absolute will of an entire people there is no appeal, no redemption, no refuge but treason. The humblest and most…

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