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WIKILEAKS: Nothing’s changed; power still corrupts

Letter by Norm Eklund, Bonney Lake on Dec. 6, 2010 at 6:26 pm | 9 Comments »
December 7, 2010 9:23 am

Re: “Russia calls Mafia statement nonsense” (TNT, 12/3).

Well, at least the WikiLeaks revelations have demonstrated one sad thing: Human nature doesn’t seem to improve over time. The only thing we learn from history is that we don’t learn from history.

Whether it’s Putin in Russia, Karzai in Afghanistan or the politicians of (fill in the country), Lord Acton’s observation “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely” is applicable.

There’s a reason that quote has such staying power and often bears repeating. It’s as relevant today as it was in 1887.

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