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Lord Acton

Lord Acton did not live a third world country or he would have seen clearly: impotence corrupts and absolute impotence corrupts absolutely.
 It operates in two forms:
The impotence of rulers of countries subordinate to foreign corporations who are caught in the impossibility of serving their own people and their masters, and strive to serve themselves;
and the desperately poor who know no solidarity and who must see others only as the means to satisfy immediate urgency. Impotence shortens the time horizon to the immediate, the spatial horizon to a tiny circle around themselves, principles shrink to justification, wisdom shrinks to cunning, the imagination to fantasies of power.

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