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power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely

power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely in Culture

Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely definition


An observation that a person's sense of morality lessens as his or her power increases. The statement was made by Lord Acton, a British historian of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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