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Absolute Power and Control

Lord Acton, a British historian of the late 19th century, said that "power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely," suggesting that a person's sense of morality lessens as his or her power increases.

Considering this idea, would it be ethical for leaders to try to increase their power?

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There are many areas where an increase in power has been both ethical and necessary. One of my favorites is the small nation of Belarus. Russia is a related story.

Communism fell in 1989-1991. These former Marxist states went into a tailspin. The state collapsed. The army went into disarray, the economy was quite literally dismantled and taken to other parts of the world. The life expectancy of Belarus and Russia went down (to something like 56 years). Kids were not showing up to their army conscript stations. The country was in chaos. Laws went unheeded and police went unpaid for months. The criminal underworld slowly took over.

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The solution discusses absolute power and control. It considers if it would be ethical for leaders to try to increase their power.