More on Corruption
Two people screaming at each other is not a debate; it is talking without listening. The “libertarian” was not arguing as a libertarian, neither were you. I have found great wisdom in the other articles of yours that I have read. Therefore, I am disappointed in this one.
“E’s” response as quoted did not correspond to much of libertarian writing I have read. And he was not honest with you in his response. But to lump all libertarian thought with one muddy thinker is quite below you.
I had been a libertarian, and a Libertarian for nearly fifty years, but was from the first troubled by some of the candidates they have chosen to represent their cause. So, too, have I noticed an unhealthy dose of arrogance among Libertarians, and among libertarians, including with myself.
I, however, can’t bring myself to switch to Republican, and certainly not to Democrat. Am I to forego voting? I haven’t failed to vote in any election in which I have been eligible to vote in my life.
One thing I have been increasingly aware of: every person who seeks elective office is likely to be or to become corrupt. The reason being, as British Lord Acton noted, “Power tends to corrupt…” In the course of four years, those who were already corrupt when they sought office become more so and those who weren’t already corrupt almost always become so. Within eight years it becomes certain, for power increases with time served. Those whose political careers span decades clearly can’t resist the drawing power of power.
To clarify the issue, I will note that I am using the more generous meaning of corruption: rotting or destruction, particularly of one’s character. This tendency was evident in even my favorite historical politicians, as Washington, Madison, Jefferson and Reagan. It was seen in spades in Wilson, FDR, LBJ and Nixon, none of whom I had any affinity with.
The corruption of character is seen in academics, religious leaders, and even in parents and spouses. It pollutes entertainers, including newscasters, as well as corporate heads. And, might I add, in writers.