power attracts bad people

reed-l-hiresI’m glad that in his recent piece at FEE.org on the ugliness of the British Left’s reactions to Margaret Thatcher’s passing Lawrence Reed quotes himself from a great piece he wrote last year:

If you’ve supported the monstrous expansion of the federal government in recent decades, or if you’ve got a laundry list of things you want it to do because you think it’s not yet big enough, then don’t blow smoke about clean and honest politics. You’re part of the problem. Big government, by its very nature, is dirty and dishonest. That’s the kind of people it attracts and that’s what concentrated power is always about.

America’s Founders had lots of reasons for wanting to keep government small, reasons the government schools rarely teach these days. One of those reasons was that they knew the wisdom of Lord Acton’s warning a century before he wrote it.…

[W]hen we realize we’ve put some of the worst among us in charge of a gargantuan machine, it’ll be too late. Power attracts bad people, and bad people don’t go away quietly.

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One Response to power attracts bad people

  1. Scott Lahti says:

    “bad people don’t go away quietly”

    John Jay Chapman: People who love soft methods and hate iniquity forget this,—that reform consists in taking a bone from a dog. Philosophy will not do it.

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