The Individual In Association - Part 6 - All Power Corrupts

Betty Luks, Wallace Klinck and Arnis Luks discuss "The Individual In Association" in today's TheCross-Roads.ORG forum

"Absolute power corrupts absolutely" arose as part of a quotation by the expansively named and impressively hirsute John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton, first Baron Acton (1834–1902). The historian and moralist, who was otherwise known simply as Lord Acton, 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."

 

Further Comment by Oliver:

I think your observation that the Chinese are inverting certain aspects of Social Credit political theory, i.e., the fact that they are monitoring and rewarding/punishing the common citizen instead of monitoring and rewarding/punishing the public office holders and the bureaucracy, is an excellent one! Indeed, I think it would be well worth a whole article to explain/explore that inversion further.

Regarding the Pope and the Magna Carta, the historical situation appears to be a lot more complicated than you suggest in the video. I don't believe it was a case of centralized power rejecting freedom or the distribution of power. True, Pope Innocent did annul the Magna Carta two months after it was signed, but he did it at the request of King John himself who seems to have complained that he was coerced into signing it against his will.

It also appears that some of the barons had asked the King of France to lead a rebellion against John and to send his son Louis to be placed on the English throne. For this reason, a noble woman named Blanche, who was sister to the dowager widow Queen of England (the wife of Richard the Lionhearted), had also asked the Pope to intervene to help squash the rebellion and revoking the baron's Magna Carta seems to have been part of that: https://www.quora.com/Did-Pope-Innoce....

Had the Pope not sided with the King and had John himself not died, Louis may have succeed in conquering the whole of England with the support of the barons and England might have become part of France. In any case, as explained here, subsequent re-issues of the Magna Carta in 1216 and 1217 were issued under the authority of the Papal legate and had papal authority: "Guala Bicchieri was the papal legate in England in 1216–1218, and protector of the young King Henry III, who was a ward of the Pope. Guala presided over Henry’s coronation at Gloucester on 28 October 1216, and he set his seal to the versions of Magna Carta issued in both 1216 and 1217, establishing that they had received papal approval." https://www.bl.uk/magna-carta/article...

It must not be forgotten either that the Catholic Archbishop of Canterbury, Stephen Langton, was instrumental in drafting the original document: http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/comme...

So you see, history has many twists and turns, and without the appropriate context and nuance, it is very easy ... especially 800 odd-years later ... to misread what was actually happening and why it happened.

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