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Fri Jun 29, 2012, 12:04 PM

 

It's Not Power That Corrupts, It's Excessive Deference

Conor Friedersdorf :

Excessive Deference to Leaders Corrupts Them -- Who wouldn't lose their humility if constantly surrounded by sycophants eager to invest them with unchecked power?
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What cannot be squared ... is the insight that leader worship makes it harder for people in power to behave honorably, and the simultaneous argument that we need to be more admiring of our leaders. I do not mean that we should be disrespectful or them, nor of any other human being.

But we ought to be skeptical of their intentions, knowing that power corrupts; and we ought to challenge them, for if having worshipful sycophants inflates one's self-importance, what better corrective than dissenters confident enough to convey that the leader has erred in his or her judgment?
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the best leaders are at once willing to act decisively and prone to humility and introspection. They are attuned to the possibility that they too are fallible. Sycophants destroy that perspective.

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/06/excessive-deference-to-leaders-corrupts-them/259164/?google_editors_picks=true#

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AnotherMcIntosh Jun 2012 OP
malthaussen Jun 2012 #1
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Response to AnotherMcIntosh (Original post)

Fri Jun 29, 2012, 12:27 PM

1. Human beings have a design flaw: they bend at the knees. n/t

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Response to AnotherMcIntosh (Original post)

Fri Jun 29, 2012, 12:55 PM

2. and learned helplessness on our end

 

Why do we keep letting the corporate media shape the discussions and control all the issues in this county.

They are creating reality and we are letting them.

Look at the Holder bullshit- talk about making something out of nothing.

Meanwhile Goldman Sachs blatantly lied to Congress about their fraudulent behaviors which resulted in the theft of homes from millions of Americans.

They stole our homes, they stole our dreams, then they looted the treasury to pay for their mistakes.

This is absurd. How do we get a hold of a real liberal media?

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Response to AnotherMcIntosh (Original post)

Fri Jun 29, 2012, 01:06 PM

3. It's not so much that power corrupts as that it is magnetically attractive to the corruptible..

There isn't the slightest chance Conor Friedersdorf would have penned this piece or anything remotely like it in 2004 when Dubya worship was in full spectrum enhanced genuflect mode..





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