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John Edwards, former Presidential Candidate, indicted

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John Edwards's indictment brings to mind the quote

"Power Corrupts, Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely".

Here is its origins:

It arose as a quotation by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton, first Baron Acton (1834–1902). The historian and moralist, who was otherwise known simply as Lord Acton: he expressed this opinion in a letter to Bishop Mandell Creighton in 1887:

"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men."

Another English politician with no shortage of names - William Pitt, the Elder, The Earl of Chatham and British Prime Minister from 1766 to 1778, is sometimes wrongly attributed as the source.

He did say something similar, in a speech to the UK House of Lords in 1770:

"Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it"


For more information on John Edwards read:

The Politician by Andrew Young (St Martin's Press) February, 2010


There is an oft quoted take on the original quote about power which is:

"Power is Delightful; Absolute Power is Absolutely Delightful".



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